Wes Craven is in talks to direct the pilot for MTV's Scream series.
A year after it was first reported that MTV was eyeing up a television adaptation of the Scream franchise, the cable network is finally moving forward with the idea, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Produced by Dimension Films, MTV is currently searching for writers for the one-hour project, while Scream director Wes Craven is in talks to direct the pilot.
Should the series receive the greenlight - which is probable given the amount of time it's taken to get it into pre-production - it would be slated for a summer 2014 release and would join the network's current scripted offerings Teen Wolf (also adapted from a film franchise) and Awkward. DiGA Vision will produce the show, with former MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley serving as executive producers.
Last November, director Craven was asked by his Twitter followers about making a new Scream movie. "No news on Scream 5 yet," he tweeted. "You guys really want another one?" The horror franchise was created by Kevin Williamson, who also penned the screenplays for three of the four movies. The early films were a hit with both audiences and critics, though the satirical Scary Movie films seemingly watered down the fright factor.
Additionally, MTV has renewed the Jersey Shore offshoot Snooki & JWOWW for a third season. It's sophomore season was the top original series in the time period in MTV's core persons 12-34 demographics. Three new reality series have also been ordered at the network, Generation Cyro, centering on kids conceived by sperm donors, Nurse Nation about nine young travel nurses assigned to work at a new hospital in a new city and The Hook Up, a dating show hosted by MTV2's Guy Code.
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