SCREAM SET FOR OVERHAUL IN SEASON 3: MTV scripted drama Scream is retooling the third season of its film-to-TV reboot. The season will feature a new cast, location and creative team, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural) is set as showrunner. Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty will join as exec producers. (Harvey and Bob Weinstein will remain on board as exec producers as well). The cast will be more inclusive in a bid for a bigger audience. None of the original stars are reportedly returning. Does a Scream shakeup make you more or less likely to tune in for season 3?
VINCE VAUGHN TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTARY ON RACE RELATIONS: Actor and producer Vince Vaughn is producing a documentary “focused on the relationship between African-American communities and the police,” Deadline reports. The documentary is set for AT&T’s Audience Network. Vaughn tells Deadline that he wants the film to “humanize people on both sides.” No word yet on when it will drop.
ORION, SAMUEL GOLDWYN SECURE PHILIPPA LOWTHORPE’S SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS: Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have landed the North American rights to director Philippa Lowthorpe’s Swallows and Amazons. The film is based on the classic 1930s children’s book by Arthur Ransome. Rafe Spall (The Big Short) stars, along with Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men). The story follows four children who escape summer doldrums on an a remote lake island.
STRIKE BACK ROUNDS OUT CAST: Nina Sosanya (David Brent: Life on the Road, Love Actually), Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and Trevor Eve (Death of a Farmer, Troy) have joined the cast of Cinemax and Sky’s reboot of Strike Back. Season 5 production has already begun on location in Jordan and Hungary. This season will focus on a program to restore order and track down a terrorist who fled during a prison break.
AMC NETWORKS, CHARTER PARTNER ON CONTENT DEAL: Charter Communications is delving into the content biz with AMC Networks’ AMC Studios. The deal will have the companies co-producing original programming. Details are scant, but the first show will debut on Charter Spectrum in 2018. In a statement, the companies said: “The partnership will give Spectrum customers access to content created specifically for them, further differentiating Charter’s platform and services.”
GRETCHEN CARLSON WRITING BOOK ON HOW TO STOP SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her ex-boss Roger Ailes last year, is writing a book on women’s empowerment that will come out this fall. Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back is set to be released on September 26th. The book will teach women how to recognize harassment and how to fight back, as well as share ways to end workplace abuse, the publisher says.