After seeing diminished success on the big screen, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream franchise is heading to the small screen via MTV. The show, which won’t have any connection to the film series, revolves around a group of teens who are terrorized by a killer after a YouTube video goes viral. Although the original films are strictly slasher flicks, Harvey Weinstein suggested the television series could delve more into the supernatural aspects of horror.
The Scream television series has been in development for two years, but recently the pilot has locked in writers Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie (Criminal Minds, Revenge), director Jamie Travis (Faking It), and an executive producer/showrunner: Jill Blotevogel (Harper's Island, Ravenswood). MTV also revealed the show’s primary cast, the teenagers around which the events of the series will revolve, and has recently announced even more cast members, including a change to the original casting.
THR is reporting that Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) will be replacing Amy Forsyth as Audrey Jensen, the former best friend of Scream’s star Emma Duvall (to be played by Willa Fitzgerald). Additionally, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination) joins as recurring character Seth Branson, a charming and “hot English teacher” at Lakewood High. Connor Weil (Sharknado) will play series regular Will Belmont, an all-American basketball player and Emma’s boyfriend. Lastly, Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End) has been cast as Sheriff Clark Hudson, the father of Kieran (Amadeus Serafini).
These actors will be joining previously cast Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), John Karna (The Neighbors), Carlson Young (The Kroll Show), and newcomer Serafini. According to early character descriptions, there is still at least one major role to be cast: Margaret “Maggie” Duvall, Emma’s mother and the town’s medical examiner.
In recent years, the horror genre on television has expanded to include vampires (HBO’s True Blood), witches (FX’s American Horror Story), and serial killers (NBC’s Hannibal). Supernatural horror shows geared toward teenagers have also exploded on networks like MTV and The CW: Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Teen Wolf (not to mention the Scream-esque Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family).
Teen Wolf, especially, seems to have paved the way for Scream as it is a supernatural horror show geared toward teens and adapted from a successful film franchise. MTV has found success with Teen Wolf that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon - the supernatural drama was recently renewed for a fifth season.
Jeff Davis, showrunner and head writer for Teen Wolf, created a series that inspired a continually-growing and devout fanbase. And while Scream seems to have all the makings of a successful MTV series, whether Blotevogel will be able to produce similar success - with the network’s regular viewers, fans of Teen Wolf, or fans of the Scream films - remains to be seen.
Scream is expected to air in 2015 on MTV.