MTV’s long rumored “Scream” TV series, based on the Wes Craven films, has finally released plot details and character descriptions.
The tropes and rules of slasher flicks will be a core theme in the series, much like the source material, but the plot is quite different. The pilot, in a true 21st century fashion, is about a YouTube video that causes problems for our protagonist Aubrey, when it goes viral. Audrey is unfortunately mixed up in both the town’s troubled past and a mysterious murder. The pilot will be directed by Craven and the screenplay is by Jill Blotevogel.
TVLine released the main character descriptions (ethnicities to be determined):
* 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.”
“Scream” is the $600 million dollar franchise that started with the release of the first film in 1996. It spawned not only three sequels, but a slew of turn of the millennia horror films that all followed it’s formula. It follows the tribulations of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she tries to escape her haunted past and avoid being murdered by the killer Ghostface. The most recent entry, “Scream 4,” came out in 2011, reuniting the original cast.
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