With series development ramping up, networks are looking to the 1990s for inspiration this year — and two classic film franchises will be coming back to life on the small screen.
Do you remember Scream and Johnny Mnemonic?
The 1995 sci-fi flick Johnny Mnemonic, starring Keanu Reeves, is being reimagined as a weekly TV series. No network is attached yet, but the studio behind Syfy’s Lost GIrl, Prodigy, is involved in early development.
Based on a short story by sci-fi author William Gibson, the dystopian flick focused on a guy (Reeves) with a cybernetic brain implant, tasked with moving some highly sensitive data. It was admittedly a mixed bag, but it was set in a pretty rich sci-fi universe, and with the right hands at the wheel it could be a compelling jumping-off point.
The production company apparently has some talent lined up behind the scenes, including some folks who were apparently involved in the long-running Stargate franchise (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe). But no word on which specific writers are signed on.
Over at MTV, where they’ve already turned the 1985 classic Teen Wolf into a hit series, the network has greenlit a show based on the 1990s horror slasher Scream. The film, which was followed up with three dreadful sequels, is best known for the “ghost face” mask worn by the knife-wielding killers.
With horror shows like The Walking Dead and The Following becoming bona-fide hits in recent years, it makes sense that MTV would want to get in on the action. It’ll be interesting to see if they can retain the cheap-thrill charm of the original, or whether they go for a full-fledged reboot and drop the meta-tinged tone.
Still no word on who will head up the Scream series, though the network is apparently talking to original Scream director Wes Craven to see if he’d be interested in directing the pilot.
Are you looking forward to either of these projects, or do you just wish studios would leave well enough alone?