Given the fact that it’s set to premiere on MTV this coming October, it’s somewhat surprising that we’ve thus far learned so little about the upcoming “Scream” TV series. Today some pages from the pilot script have surfaced, providing us with a bit more insight into what we can expect.
We tip our hats to Bleeding Cool for getting its hands on the pages, which reveal that the Jill Blotevogel-penned pilot episode is titled “Red Roses.” Much like the 1996 film, the series will kick off with the murder of a young girl and her boyfriend, the brutal crime opening up a window to the town’s troubled past.
Though the script makes no mention of Woodsboro or any of the characters the film franchise introduced us to, there is a new character named Noah who is clearly inspired by Scream‘s Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), as he’s a horror fan who seems to know a bit more than the other characters do.
Along with Noah will seemingly come a heavy emphasis on self-referential humor, which has become a trademark of the franchise. “Slasher movies burn bright and fast,” he remarks at one point in the script. “TV needs to stretch things out.”
Not surprisingly, there also looks to be an emphasis on social media and modern technology, as the script is littered with things like iPhones, tablets, and even a spoof of Siri wherein the robotic helper dials Pottery Barn when one of the characters is desperately trying to reach 911. It reads like Scream for the social media age, so to speak.
But what about the killer? There’s been much talk about whether or not the iconic “Ghostface” mask will be worn in the series, though the script doesn’t do much in terms of answering any of those questions. The only description of the killer indicates that he’s wearing a “terrifying mask” so your guess is as good as ours.
The series will center on a YouTube viral video gone wrong, which leads to adverse repercussions for 16-year-old Aubrey Jensen. Daughter of Pastor Jensen, Aubrey is filmed hooking up with a female friend at the start of the pilot, the video soon uploaded online for all to see.
Other characters include Nina Patterson and Tyler O’Neil, who made the film and put it online; Emma Duval, 16, a studious type but part of the popular set; Maggie, 40, Emma’s mom; Will Belmont, 16, basketball student and Emma’s boyfriend; queen bee Brooke Maddox; Will’s muscled wingman Jake Fitzgerald; the cute sporty Riley Marra; hot student Kieran Wilcox; teachers Fran Herbeck (50s), Seth Branson (late 20s), and Principal Showalter; and Sheriff Hudson.
And then there’s Rachel. And the memories of a disfigured killer from the Nineties, Brandon James. Whose body they never found…
Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island”) is executive producer and showrunner; she also rewrote the original script by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin. 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.
“The Killing’s” Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Aubrey Jensen. 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.