About a month ago, we brought you word that a fifth installment of the Scream franchise was pretty much dead in the water, due in large part to, well, just a whole lot of nothing happening. It would appear, however, that there is new life about to be breathed into the franchise... but it won't be on the big screen.
MTV has announced they've partnered with Dimension Films and greenlit a pilot based on the hugely successful horror series. For those of you too young to remember, the first Scream, released in 1996, basically resurrected the concept of the slasher flick and reintroduced the idea that a horror movie could be successful with a mainstream audience. It accomplished this by turning the entire horror genre on its head and making fun of slasher films in a self-referential way that blended humor and killing in one clever package.
Now, the reinvention is getting a reinvention, which MTV announcing these plans to reimagine the wildly popular horror series that has spawned three sequels and a host of "Ghostface" branded merchandise ever since (Ghostface masks are to frat boys what Guy Fawkes masks are for pseudo-anarchists, basically). MTV and Dimension are in touch with various writers for the pilot, which is getting a tentative release date for next summer on MTV. They are also in talks with legendary horror director and original Scream creator, , to direct the pilot.
While I'm not entirely sure I trust MTV to bring a television adaptation to life with any sort of intelligence or depth, it would go far in assuaging fears if Craven could be convinced to join the project. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out, so click [[follow]] and we'll keep you updated.