WTF: ‘Scream’ TV Series Won’t Feature Ghostface?

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For the past couple of years, MTV has been developing a Scream TV series based on the film franchise by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. As of this summer, they had a director and cast in place. But now we’re getting some head-scratching info about the very premise of the show.

According to RJ Torbert of FunWorld, which holds the rights to the Ghostface “look,” Ghostface is not involved in the new Scream TV series. Which is kind of like having a Child’s Play movie without Chucky. Hit the jump to read Torbert’s comments.

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MARLEY & ME

Over the past several weeks, we’ve cheered, sighed, and rolled our eyes as the networks have ordered project after project based on old movies. But NBC’s latest announcement may be the first to make our eyes well up.

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Marley and Me TV series, a follow-up to the 2008 dramedy directed by David Frankel. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, the film followed the ups and downs of Grogan’s relationship with his dog. Hit the jump for more on the Marley and Me TV series.

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Top of the Lake

Last year’s Top of the Lake was Jane Campion’s first TV project since An Angel at My Table in 1990. However, she’s not waiting quite so long to return to the small screen next time. She’s currently developing a second season of Top of the Lake with Gerard Lee, who co-wrote the original.

The first season centered on Robin (Elisabeth Moss), a New Zealand detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in a small town. It’s unclear whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return, as very few details have been revealed so far about Season 2. But the first season was excellent, and I for one am eager to go wherever Campion wants to take me next. [Screen Daily]

After the jump, get details on the Monster-in-Law and In Good Company TV series, plus Steve McQueen’s new star.

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Resident Evil: Retribution

If you’re no longer able to make money off of a property on the big screen, why not take it to the small one? Constantin Film announced this weekend it is planning TV shows based on its Resident Evil film series, the 2013 franchise non-starter The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and 2006′s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

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12 Monkeys TV Series Premiere Date Set

12 Monkeys TV series

So as not to be left out of the pattern of producers redoing established film properties as television shows, SyFy has made a 12 Monkeys TV series. The show appears determined to expand the story told in Terry Gilliam’s film, with Aaron Stanford (Nikita, Pyro in the X-Men films) playing the Bruce Willis role of Cole, who travels back in time from 2043 in order to locate the source of a plague that will all but wipe out humanity. We’ve seen a trailer, and now SyFy has set the premiere date in stone.  Read More »

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs TV series

DHX Media, the company behind the Paddington film and in-development TV re-do of Inspector Gadget, is now working with Sony Animation to create a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs TV series. The show will consist of 22-minute CG-animated episodes that follow at least the basic concept of the two films. But there’s mention of this being a “re-imagined” version of the two-film series, so things might be changed for the TV incarnation.  Read More »

In the Heat of the Night

At some point, it’s probably going to become easier to name the classic movies that haven’t been turned into TV shows than the ones that have. The latest big-screen property to transition to the small-screen is In the Heat of the Night, the 1967 drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Well… at least it’s not another ’80s comedy? (And it’s not the first time this film has spawned a TV series.)

Showtime has picked up a new In the Heat of the Night series from Tate Taylor, who previously tackled Southern race relations with The Help. Hit the jump for more details on the In the Heat of the Night TV series.

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‘Rush Hour’ TV Show at CBS With Pilot Commitment

Rush Hour TV show

The Rush Hour TV show that Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian have been developing at Warner Bros. TV, with Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick as creative leads, has now taken another step towards realization. CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the series, which means we’ll start to hear about the casting phase pretty soon. Read More »

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