The Scream TV show is officially a go. THR reports that MTV has given a series order to the 10-episode reboot, which is set to debut on the network in October 2015. The show is, of course, based on Wes Craven’s incredibly influential 1996 horror film, which revolved around a serial killer with a heavy knowledge of horror tropes who terrorized high school students in a sleepy town. It’s currently unclear which aspects of the original film franchise will be carried over into the TV show, but we recently learned that Ghostface will not be making an appearance—at least not during the first season. I’m fine if MTV wants to mine this property for a new TV series, but doing Scream without Ghostface feels a little pointless. Hit the jump for more on the show.
MTV broke the news of the series order on Twitter (via THR), tweeting out a phone number that fans could call into to hear the news. The one-hour pilot was directed by Jamie Travis (Faking It), and though Dimension Films and The Weinstein Company are involved in the production of the Scream TV show, Wes Craven and original screenwriter Kevin Williamson have no connection to the series. Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood) will serve as showrunner.
The cast for MTV’s Scream includes Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor Klaus, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracey Middendorf, and Joel Gretsch, although their character names don’t really line up with anyone from the original film franchise. Would it have killed them to at least have a Deputy Dewey? This is not the first film-to-TV show adaptation for the MTV network, as Teen Wolf will enter its fifth season next year. If that show is any indication, Scream will have very little to do with the film series beyond the title.