When Wes Craven’s Scream first twisted up theaters back in 1996, it largely turned actors like Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard into (temporary) household names. MTV has rounded up a similarly big cast of relatively unknown attractive people for their upcoming Scream pilot, which now also has a director in Jamie Travis, who made his feature debut with 2012’s comedy For a Good Time, Call….
According to TV Line, Royal Pains’ Willa Fitzgerald will play co-lead Emma, a lovely young girl who is far more shy than her rampant popularity would have people believe. Her newfound acceptance has distanced her from childhood best friend Audrey, the artsy loner daughter of a Lutheran minister. The pilot’s story is jumpstarted when a particular YouTube video goes viral and turns Audrey’s life completely upside-down, also inciting a murder that could unlock the mysteries behind the town’s hidden past.
Audrey’s tech-savvy best friend Noah will be played by John Karna (Bindlestiffs), while the bubbly leader of the popular kids, Brooke, will be played by recurring Key & Peele actress Carlson Young. Rounding out this new batch of performers is the impeccably named newcomer Amadeus Serafini, who will play a mysterious new kid in town who presumably has a big fat collection of Ghostface masks in his closet. (Maybe they’re all red herrings?)
Travis, who has also directed five episodes of MTV’s faux-lesbian comedy Faking It, will be directing the pilot from a script written by Criminal Minds and Revenge writer/producers Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood) will serve as the series' showrunner.
Fitzgerald, who was in Amazon’s Alpha House, is also starring in an untitled Wall Street pilot for CBS. Forsyth, who was in last year’s low-budget horror Tormented, has appeared in recent episodes of Defiance and Degrassi: The Next Generation, and will soon be seen in the anthology film A Christmas Horror Story. Carna, who starred in Dan Beers’ recent comedy Premature, wrapped production earlier this year on Richard Gray’s thriller Sugar Mountain. Young, who is also in Premature, has been all over TV in the last few years, and her next film role is for Dave Hill and Matt Jones’ comedy The Night is Young.
Scream was the catalyst of the self-reflexive horror approach that still hasn’t quite abated almost 20 years later. Should the series get picked up, will it have the same appeal to horror fans, or will it immediately be unmasked as a thin money grab?