Ryan Murphy took to Instagram on Friday to tease fans with the idea of a Scream Queens revival. The semi-anthology series was created by Murphy, and despite its star-studded cast and mixture of horror and comedy, the show met its ill fate after two seasons and was canceled.
Scream Queens was the brainchild of Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, who are also credited with creating and producing the smash hit Glee. The first season of Scream Queens aired in 2015, and brought promise to horror fans everywhere with intention to kill off a cast member each week and leave the audience guessing who the killer was. The titular Queens of Scream were a roster of talented actresses, including Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) as Dean Cathy Munsch, Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland 2) as Chanel #5. The show also delivered an impressive list of guest stars with Ariana Grande, John Stamos and Taylor Lautner in the mix.
Following the anthology idea, the first season is set in a college greek system with the main characters as sorority girls and the second season takes place in a hospital. But despite its constant nods to the horror genre, big-name talent and special guest stars the Scream Queens were silenced permanently in 2017 after bringing in consistently low ratings. However, Ryan Murphy's new Instagram post has planted seeds for the queens to possibly rise again with an image of Emma Roberts clad in bubble-gum-pink medical attire and holding a knife. Here's what he had to say about a revival.
So many people recently have been asking me about rebooting or continuing SCREAM QUEENS (RIP, taken too soon). Emma, Billie, Lea and I have mused on it, but question: should it be a six episode limited? A catch up movie? Who should I bring back? Would love your thoughts. So many questions...
The post has gained support, with stars Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and John Stamos commenting on the thread, as well as fans chiming in their sorrow that Scream Queens was canceled in the first place. Murphy has also started the wheels turning with mentioning that the show may not come back in its original form, and could end up as a catch-up movie or limited series. The only ideas that Murphy seems certain about are making sure the fans know their worth by seeing what ideas pop up in the comments, and his intent to bring back Roberts, Michele and Billie Lourd (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) who played Chanel #3.
Since the ending of Scream Queens, Murphy has kept the genius of story-telling flowing with creating television show 9-1-1 as well as leading cult classic American Horror Story (another anthology series) into its eighth season. The Queens themselves have also kept busy with Jamie Lee Curtis starring in the 2018 release of Halloween, and Emma Roberts returning to American Horror Story.
While it's currently a time full of nostalgia and familiar faces and feelings that come from seeing staple opening credits return, a Scream Queens revival could come with a price. The revived show would eventually have to end again, and it may fade its overall legacy if the audience has to see their beloved characters or storylines taken down a path they're unwilling to follow. However, Murphy has proven time and again his keen sense of filmmaking and leadership can keep a story in the right direction, and that he aims to make his fans happy.
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