Ever since Teen Wolf became a hit, MTV has been working double-time to create projects that walk the same genre-bending line, and their latest effort is a television adaptation of Wes Craven’s horror series, Scream. Last year the series was given a green-light for a pilot rumored to be directed by Wes Craven and will be written by Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood, Harper’s Island, Eureka). Today, casting has begun for said pilot, and character descriptions have been made public, thanks to TV Line:
* Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.
* Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.
* Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”
* Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”
In addition that, TV Line writes that the pilot is based around “a YouTube video going viral, which will have adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey and seemingly serve as the ‘catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.'”
This “YouTube video” connection has led some to believe this ties the series into the plot of Scream 4, which saw every murder being captured on camera by killer Jill Roberts.
Whatever the case may be, we should have faith in MTV that they will pull this off like they did with Teen Wolf. So don’t ready your pitch-forks just yet, people!