With two small screen prequels to big films already a hit this TV season — NBC’s “Hannibal” and A&E’s “Bates Motel” — and small screen adaptations of “Fargo” and “Goodfellas” on the way (and possibly even a sequel series to “L.A. Confidential“), TV networks are looking at other big screen properties to exploit for easy brand name recognition. Their latest catch? A certain post-modern horror series from the nineties.
MTV officially announced a TV series based on Wes Craven’s “Scream” at their upfronts this week, a project that was first floated last summer. The network is no stranger to bringing movies to life on the small screen, they’re doing pretty well for themselves with their take on “Teen Wolf.” Confusingly, though the network has officially ordered a pilot with Craven in talks to helm, there is actually no “specific concept” or writer involved yet. So no, Kevin Williamson is not involved, but who knows.
Just to reiterate, all MTV knows is that they want a new series called “Scream” with Craven directing and not much else. Well, they’ll have plenty of time as MTV has penciled in a summer 2014 date for the show’s debut. [Deadline]