MTV’s SCREAM TV Show Announces Pilot Director and Cast Full of Fresh Faces

     August 5, 2014

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I’m absolutely guilty of complaining about the abundance of remakes, reboots and sequels and the lack of original content out there, but, admittedly, I’m also part of the problem.  Scream is one of my favorite films of all time and it’s impossible not to want more of it – even if it has to be MTV-friendly and packed with frustratingly familiar characters.

Clearly there’s some serious doubt about MTV’s plan to turn the 1996 hit horror film into a scripted show here, but MTV and Dimension TV just announced the guy who’s directing the pilot episode and it does offer a little hope.  Hit the jump to find out who it is.

faking-itJamie Travis is officially on board to direct the pilot of the Scream series.  He’s the guy behind the underrated and under-seen 2012 comedy, For a Good Time, Call …, and also directed five episodes of MTV’s Faking It.   If you’re not of the MTV demographic, odds are, Faking It probably isn’t the strongest calling card, but if you give the show a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised.  In fact, I’m not all that into MTV’s lineup, but in preparation for an interview with Gregg Sulkin for his recent release, Affluenza, I blew right through it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit.  The core concept does get a little ridiculous every now and then, but the show still rocks some solid lead performances and also backs its goofiness with just the right amount of honesty and heart.

There’s no way that same mixture will work for a Scream TV show, but if Travis is able to conjure such strong work from his cast and also serve the tone of the show so well there, there’s no reason to think he can’t adjust and do the same with what he’s getting here.

However, Travis isn’t writing the script.  Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin did that.  I haven’t watched much Revenge and never even touched The Event, so I’m not in a position to judge their work, but even then, these character descriptions aren’t the best start:

Willa Fitzgerald as EMMA DUVAL – a classic beauty whose looks and popularity hide a natural shyness and intellectual nature.  Her new life with the “in crowd” leaves her estranged her from childhood best friend Audrey.

Amy Forsyth as AUDREY JENSEN – the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, Audrey is an artsy loner who aspires to be a filmmaker.

John Karna as NOAH FOSTER – creative computer genius with a vast knowledge of pop culture and the tech world.  Best friends with Audrey.

Carlson Young as BROOKE MADDOX – charismatic leader of the popular crew whose personality vacillates between bubbly sweetness and ferocious sex appeal.

Amadeus Serafini as KIERAN WILCOX – the mysterious new kid in town, Kieran’s got a dark side and a tough exterior that hints at experience beyond his years.

So basically this is Mean Girls’ Cady Heron and Janis Ian, Erik Knudsen’s character from Scream 4, Billy Loomis 2.0 and then yet another brooding guy with a harsh exterior who I’m sure is just super sweet and total boyfriend material at the core.  Perhaps this is too harsh and these are only bare bones descriptions for casting purposes, but if that’s the case, why put them in a press release? And especially without an official synopsis!

So now that I’ve given you my completely schizophrenic assessment of the potential of this TV show, what do you think? Does MTV’s Scream have any hope?

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