Wes Craven’s seminal horror satire SCREAM single-handedly revitalized the modern slasher and spawned 3 sequels, concluding with last years critically & financially disappointing SCREAM 4 which was meant to be the beginning of a new trilogy. Obviously that didn’t pan out due to the negative reception, leaving the future of the series dead in the water. In true “the killer always comes back to life for one last scare” fashion, TV Line is reporting that the franchise could live on as a TV series…on MTV.
Yes, you read that correctly; MTV. The television channel once devoted to music is currently searching for a writer to script out a pilot based around the franchise. No word on involvement from series director Wes Craven or creator Kevin Williamson, but I think it’s safe to assume they won’t have any part of this. It’s too early to tell if this will be a straight continuation of the staple characters made famous by Neve Campbell, Courtnery Cox & David Arquette but I’m sure we can expect to see the murderous mask wearing Ghostface to return.
I’m honestly dumbfounded by the announcement of this. For starters, the fan reception & box office failure of the 4th film pretty much let Hollywood know no one wants a SCREAM sequel – especially after a 10 year gap between sequels, making it seem completely irrelevant and nothing but a misplaced cash grab. Second, an almost two-decade old series is going to be marketed towards the teeny-bopping crowd who were just being born circa 1996 and think TEEN WOLF is an MTV Original Series?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Frightful readers. Should we have said R.I.P to SCREAM 10 years ago or do you really want to see Ghostface on TV after the latest episode of Jersey Shore? As always, sound off in the comments below!