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MTV eyes TV series based on ‘Scream’ film franchise

April 26, 2013

“Scream 4” co-stars Courteney Cox (right) and Neve Campbell at the premiere at the Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood, April 11, 2011. — Reuters file pic“Scream 4” co-stars Courteney Cox (right) and Neve Campbell at the premiere at the Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood, April 11, 2011. — Reuters file picLOS ANGELES, April 26 — MTV has set its sights on turning the popular “Scream” horror film franchise into a television series, the US cable network said yesterday.

MTV said it had ordered a one-hour pilot episode and that producer Dimension Films was in negotiations with the franchise’s director, Wes Craven, to direct the pilot.

The series is expected to air in summer 2014, said MTV, a unit of Viacom.

The film series, about a masked serial killer who stalks his victims, began in 1996, and it had follow-up instalments in 1997, 2000 and 2011.

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette were the main stars of the cast over the course of the four films.

The franchise, which was praised for its satirical take on the slasher subgenre of horror films, has grossed more than US$600 million (RM1.8 billion) worldwide, according to box office tracker Boxofficemojo.com. — Reuters

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