Finally, Teen Wolf has a scary friend.
MTV has handed a full series order to its TV adaptation of Scream, the 1996 slasher film and subsequent box office-busting horror franchise. The series will premiere in October 2015 with 10 episodes.
The co-production with Dimension TV was announced way back in May 2013 with the original announcement of a pilot order with Ravenswood writer Jill Blotevogel running the show and Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds) penning the pilot script. The series found its cast and director (Faking It’s Jamie Travis) in August. Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce alongside Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.
The high school-set series will follow a slew of not-yet-slain students: shy popular girl Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), artsy loner Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), computer geek Noah (John Karna), all-American athlete Will (Connor Weil), ferocious socialite Brooke (Carlson Young), and mysterious new kid Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). The show also stars Joel Gretsch as Sheriff Clark Hudson (Kieran’s father) and Tracy Middendorf as Maggie.
The horror drama seems a likely pair for MTV’s gargantuan supernatural hit Teen Wolf, which up until now has had free reign of the network’s teen horror genre. The series’ fifth season would serve as a strong lead-in for the similarly spooky Scream.
There is more horror to be had on TV, though; in related news, American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk recently announced a new anthology series on Fox titled Scream Queens, which will debut in fall 2015 and follow a college campus rocked by murders (in the first season). Murphy stated that he and Falchuk “hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror,” but original Scream creators Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven may agree to disagree about whether that genre’s already been duly created by the slasher franchise, which is as darkly funny as it is frightening (and, in the case of Drew Barrymore, gross).