1996's Scream is one of the most seminal horror movies of my generation, a clever, funny taking-apart of the slasher film genre. It was followed up by a series of sequels of varying quality, most recently Scream 4 in 2011, which wasn't a total disaster but certainly didn't live up to the original's brilliance.
So what's next? A television project, apparently.
MTV debuted the above trailer for its new Scream TV series during the MTV Movie Awards last night. From the minute of quick clips, it looks like the show will largely be following the same path as the original film: a series of murders rocking the lives of high schoolers in a small, troubled town.
In one positive sign, the TV show seems to be demonstrating the same self-awareness that was so key to Scream's artistic success.
"You can't do a slasher movie as a TV series," one of the characters says. "Slasher movies burn bright and fast."
Indeed! While I'm as skeptical as this character, I'm curious to see how MTV handles this problem. And beyond that: Where do they take the show for subsequent seasons if the first does well?
There are also rumors floating around about a potential Scream 5 and Scream 6 in the works, both of which could tie into the TV series. Let's hope the franchise doesn't completely lose sight of what made the original so good as it continues expanding.