MTV’s ‘Scream’ Casts Leads; Jamie Travis to Direct Pilot

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“For a Good Time Call” and “Faking It” director to kick off the new series based on Wes Craven’s horror franchise

Ghostface has a new crop of telegenic teenagers to target for slaughter as “Scream” heads for the small screen in its latest incarnation.

Leading the cast for MTV are young stars Willa Fitzgerald, Amy Forsyth, John Karna, Carlson Young and Amadeus Serafini. The pilot marks the first foray into television for Kevin Williamson’s horror franchise. Jamie Travis (“For a Good Time Call” and MTV’s “Faking It”) will direct.

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“‘Scream’ has been one of our largest and most treasured franchises at Dimension and we are thrilled to embark on the next chapter and join forces with a network that we love,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “I am so pleased to be working with Susanne Daniels to bring this ground-breaking franchise to MTV and continue its history.”

The “Scream” franchise kicked off in 1996 with the first film directed by Wes Craven and starring Neve Campbell. The big-screen adaptations left off with “Scream 4″ in 2011, with Emma Roberts leading the newest batch of teenagers getting slaughtered.

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In the new pilot, Fitzgerald, repped by Paradigm, will play Emma Duval, popular but shy and intelligent; Forsyth, repped by AMI Artist Mgmt (Canada) and David Dean Portelli at David Dean Mgmt, will play Emma’s former best friend, the artistic loner Audrey. Karna plays Noah, Audrey’s best friend, and is repped by Gersh and Coronel Group.

The rest of the characters and potential victims include Young as Brooke, the leader of the popular clique, and Serafini as Kierna, the mysterious new kid. Young is repped by Innovative and Ben Levine at LINK Entertainment and Serafini is repped by GVA and Katie Mason at Luber Roklin.

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Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (“Criminal Minds,” “The Event,” and “Revenge”) wrote the original script. Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce. Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Cathy Konrad.