MTV is giving Scream one last chance to scare up an audience.
The series, based on the hit horror movie franchise from Kevin Williamson and the late Wes Craven, picked up a third season from the cable channel. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s going to be a lot different from the first two.
Season 3 will consist of six episodes. That’s half of the sophomore run, and down from 10 in its freshman order. The news comes as the Dimension TV drama is poised to add a two-hour Halloween special on Oct. 18 to its Season 2 order.
With the new season comes new showrunners as well, marking the third change in as many years. Michael Gans and Richard Register handled the second season, while Jill Blotevogel and Jaime Paglia put the television version of Scream together in the first place. MTV has yet to announce who those showrunners will be, but Paglia brought a strong geek background to the table who, among other things, created the Syfy cult hit Eureka.
Set in Lakewood, the Scream series revolved around a teenage girl (much like the movies) named Emma Duval, played by Willa Fitzgerald. It’s more or less designed as a sequel to the film series, referencing a string of similar murders that took place a couple decades before.
The Scream film franchise was a huge success, especially in the way it deconstructed the horror genre. Four films were released by Dimension between 1996 and 2011, earning $532.2 million worldwide.
Although the franchise still remains popular today, MTV struggled to attract viewers to the show. However, its pedigree may have been enough to convince the cable channel to give it multiple chances.
One possible way MTV could reinvent the series, THR suggests, is by going the American Horror Story route like FX, and turning Scream into an anthology.
The shortened third season is expected to air next summer.
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