It’s been a couple years now that a TV adaptation of the Scream franchise has been in the works, and after a handful of false starts, it looks like the phones are once again set to start ringing.
Deadline reported last night that MTV has officially picked up Scream with a 10-episode order, set to premiere on the network in October of next year. Previously, only a pilot episode had been ordered, so it wasn’t a sure thing that the series was actually going to become a… series.
Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island), who rewrote the original script by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, is executive producer and showrunner. Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive produce. Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad.
There has also been a casting change on the project. The Killing’s Bex Taylor-Klaus was cast as one of the leads, Audrey Jensen, replacing Amy Forsyth, who was originally cast in the role. The recasting decision was made after the pilot table read. Also starring on the series are Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf and Joel Gretsch. Jamie Travis directed the pilot.
It was reported last week that Ghostface was not going to appear in the pilot, though let’s not get our panties in a wad about that just yet. In all likelihood, that just means that the mask and costume won’t be seen until a couple episodes in. Here’s to hoping, at least.
In the meantime, follow the official @MTVScream Twitter account for updates, and call the Ghostface hotline at (310) 461-4299. If you can’t find your phone, you can listen to the full message below, uploaded by Nick Meece!