Scream Queens is a 15-episode anthology horror/comedy that will premiere on Fox Tuesdays starting in September, with the first season set on a college campus shaken by a series of murders. From the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Emma joins an all-star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer! Plus Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas have recurring roles!
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Below is Emma’s interview about Scream Queens with Entertainment Weekly…
American Horror Story actress Emma Roberts, who has appeared on the Coven and Freak Show seasons of the FX series, is reuniting with AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for this fall’s new horror comedy Scream Queens. EW debuted the first images from the series last week and revealed the super secretive plot which involves a masked killer stalking the Kappa sorority at fictional Wallace University. Roberts plays the president of the sorority and talked to EW about the highly anticipated new Fox series.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to be part of Scream Queens?
EMMA ROBERTS: I’m the biggest Ryan Murphy fan. I mean Glee, American Horror Story. When we were more than half way through Freak Show, he called me and he was like, “I have this new show. It’s kind of Heathers meets Halloween and I want you to be the lead.” I was like, “Excuse me? That sounds like my dream.” He told me more about it and more about the character. I had just come off doing American Horror Story: Coven, which was my favorite season of the show and so fun to be a part of. Scream Queens definitely has a little bit of that Coven girl-power vibe which I love and a lot of the humor that Coven had. He told me more specifically about Chanel Oberlin. She’s the president of Kappa house and she’s the queen bee on campus. She’s very fashionable and very to the point. She’s a bit of a mean girl but in a very funny way. Ian Brad and Ryan do humor so well. I remember reading the script for the first time and I was literally laughing out loud. I had to put the script down. It was just one of those things I was so flattered they wanted me to be a part of it. I’ve been wanting to do more comedy and it’s definitely a very comedic show—a dark comedy, but still a comedy.
Is she like your Coven character, Madison Montgomery?
I would love to see Chanel and Madison go head to head. I honestly don’t know who would win.
I heard Chanel’s godfather is Karl Lagerfeld.
Yes. I want to be Chanel. The clothes are amazing. Actually a lot of the clothes are vintage Chanel. I already have dibs on half my wardrobe. Everything is very pastel. Everyone has sort of certain colors they wear. I remember seeing the set for the first time and I was just in shock. It’s like every girl’s dream. The sorority house looks like a Barbie dream house.
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Getting into the right college can be murder. But on Fox’s horror-comedy Scream Queens, which has been picked up to series for a fall debut, it’s surviving college that’s the real life-or-death challenge. From Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Queens is an homage to the slasher movies of the ’80s. (Or as Murphy puts it, “Heathers meets Friday the 13th.”) The series, about a killer stalking a college sorority, features an all-star cast including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Like all of Murphy’s projects, Scream Queens has been cloaked in secrecy…until now. EW has your exclusive first look at the fall’s funniest thrill ride.
EW: Where did the idea for this show come from?
RYAN MURPHY: Brad and Ian and I, all three of us, were always obsessed with the ’80s/early ’90s slasher genre that was always about young people and always about coming of age. So we loved that and we decided to sort of be inspired by that idea. That was sort of the impetus of it. It’s sort of the idea of what would happen if you put something like Heathers meets Friday the 13th to those genre pictures like Massacre on Sorority Row, that early-to-late ’80s exploitation horror thing.
I really like the idea of doing a comedy and doing sort of anthological comedy. What I love about it is when it’s funny, it’s funny. And when it’s scary, it’s scary. One thing too that I hear all the time from women about American Horror Story is, “I love the idea of it but it’s too scary and I can’t watch it.” So the question we asked is, “How do we keep it scary but write something for that audience?” It doesn’t have the gore of American Horror Story but it certainly still has the scares.
The other thing it’s inspired by is it’s a real murder mystery whodunit. In the very first episode you meet all the characters and then the killings start happening on this college campus. Every character in the piece has the motivation to be the killer. So when you’re watching it, part of the fun is, Okay who did it? It’s not revealed until the last episode when literally the mask of the Red Devil, who is the killer, comes off and we say, Boom here’s your killer.
It’s also a show about the sorority/fraternity system in our country and what’s happening with that so it’s a satire about that.
What’s the basic plot of Scream Queens?
It opens in a flashback to 1995 at the sorority where something horrible happens. It’s a mystery that goes unsolved. Flash forward 20 years to today, and it looks like someone is out for revenge. Something horrible happened to a pledge and on the anniversary of that crime, someone is out for vengeance.
Who does Emma Roberts play?
Emma Roberts is Chanel, who’s the president of Kappa Sorority. She’s very funny and very ruthless. All her life all she’s wanted to do is be president of Kappa and have this great boyfriend and rule the roost. She’s very fashionable and very ruthless.
I love Emma. It was written for her. She’s super funny.
Ryan Murphy recently talked about Scream Queens with Entertainment Tonight, read below! Also I have updated Instagram albums! Plus more on set photos from the 13th of March!
With Glee coming to a series close this Friday, Murphy is already looking ahead to his next Fox comedy, Scream Queens. Although the “one-hour comedy” won’t premiere until this fall, fans are already buzzing with excitement after learning that stars Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas and many more are slated to appear.
“It’s anthological in nature, but there’s a catch to it,” Murphy said of Scream Queens’ secret twist. “I can’t reveal because it’s different than American Horror Story, which resets completely every year. This doesn’t do that.”
However the showrunner did share a few plot details that have never been released. “It is about the world’s meanest sorority, and a series of bad things begin to happen,” he explained. “Jamie Lee Curtis, who I’ve long really wanted to work with and I kind of wrote this series for, to be honest… she steps in and with the girls tries to figure out who’s doing this — and it’s actually tied to an incident that happened 20 years ago at the college.”
Murphy stressed that Scream Queens is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. “Every week, It’s really like a murder mystery. Who’s going to get knocked off? And who’s the killer? And not until the last episode do you find out who it is,” Murphy teased. “And everybody has the motivation to be that killer.”
Ashby will be making its debut at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 15 to April 26 in New York City. Check out the first full still below! EDIT(3/13): Added a poster for the film, check it out below!
Ashby, directed and written by Tony McNamara. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) needs help fitting in and turns to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) for help. Ashby’s unforgiving brand of tough love soon tests their friendship, and it hardly helps when Ed learns that Ashby is a former CIA assassin. Peppered with upbeat music and standout performances, Ashby is a spirited, self-referential update on Harold and Maude for a John Wick generation. With Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman.
According to screendaily.com February has now begun filming in Ottawa. Kansas…
Lucy Boynton, James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on the horror thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
Writer-director Osgood Perkins has begun principal photography in Ottawa on the story about an evil force at an all-girls prep school. Boynton is pictured.
Producing February are Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino, Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films.
Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producers via Traveling Picture Show alongside 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes and Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser.
Check out an official teaser for Scream Queens, coming this Fall to Fox! The story revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan will produce “Scream Queens” which includes the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande.
Dave Franco and Emma Roberts have closed deals to star in the Lionsgate YA thriller “Nerve.”
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing, with Allison Shearmur producing through her banner along with Anthony Katagas.
Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the pic follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
HOLLYWOOD – “Scream Queens,” which begins production soon in New Orleans, has added Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Lea Michele (“Glee”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Keke Palmer (“Madea’s Family Reunion”) to its cast, the Fox network announced Saturday (Jan. 17) at the Winter TV Tour. Previously announced cast members are Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”) and Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”).
Ariana Grande was announced as a “Scream Queens” guest star in a recurring role.
A comedy-horror anthology series covering 15 episodes, “Scream Queens” is slated for a fall slot on Fox’s schedule. The series comes from “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” also from Murphy, both were filmed in New Orleans.
“Ryan has proven over the years that he has just great instincts for building characters that people just care about and fall in love with,” said Gary Newman, co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group. “He brings an outrageousness to what he does that I think is his kind of unique signature.”
Noting that the first season of “Scream Queens” will be set in a sorority house, Newman said that Murphy is “literally the perfect person to be doing this.”
Murphy has assembled his cast so far without sending out scripts — to either the actors or the network.