Over 16 years after self-referential horror comedy “Scream” first opened in theaters, MTV is ready to see how the franchise it started works on the small screen. The network will announce at its upfront today that it has ordered a one-hour pilot based on Wes Craven’s 1996 film — which starred Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette — and the three sequels that followed.
Despite already been greenlit, the pilot, which will produced by DiGa Vision in partnership with MTV and “Scream” movie studio Dimension Films, does not yet have a writer attached, though Craven is in talks with Dimension to potentially direct. How the “Scream” concept will be translated to television form is also not yet clear, though MTV vows to “reinvent the successful horror comedy franchise that spawned three sequels and unleashed ‘Ghostface’ to a legion of unsuspecting fans” and is aiming for a summer 2014 premiere. MTV currently has a genre hit in its darker and soapier adaptation of “Teen Wolf.”
In more horror news, MTV has given a third season renewal to “Snooki & JWOWW.” The network’s also announced pickups for three new unscripted series: “Generation Cryo,” about kids who were conceived with sperm donors; “Nurse Nation” (working title), about a group of travel nurses on 13-week assignments in a new city; and “The Hook Up” (working title), a dating show hosted by Andrew Schulz of “Guy Code.”