Scream Creator Kevin Williamson Developing Alfred Hitchcock Classic Rear Window for Television

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  • Kevin Williamson has signed a deal with Universal Television and has four projects in development, including a reimagining of the classic film
    Rear Window.
  • Williamson is excited to work with Universal Television and emphasizes the importance of having partners who believe in and support creators.
  • In addition to
    Rear Window
    , Williamson will also be creating an original series titled
    The Waterfront
    , as well as working on two other projects for Universal Television.


Iconic film and TV creator Kevin Williamson has set up shop at Universal Television in a deal that already has four projects in development, including a reimagining of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Rear Window. Williamson is the mind behind box office hits such as Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, while his television successes include Dawson’s Creek, The Vampire Diaries, and The Following. This will mark his first return to the small screen since his CBS All Access series, Tell Me a Story, ended in 2020.


According to Deadline, the deal was finalized in December for Williamson’s production company, Outerbanks Entertainment, to produce a number of shows for Universal. He said in a statement that he’s “thrilled” to be working with Universal Television, because it’s vital to have a team that supports creators. Check out his full statement below:


“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the Universal Television family. When making television, it’s so important to have partners who believe, support and inspire you. In Universal Television I have found exactly that. I’m excited to be working with such an amazing team doing what I love to do.”



While Williamson’s version of Rear Window promises to be a much anticipated release for Universal and its streaming arm, Peacock, this won’t be the first time the classic Hitchcock film has made its way to television. A made-for-TV movie was released in 1998 that saw Christopher Reeve in the role of Jimmy Stewart, playing a paralyzed man who lives in a high-tech apartment building that witnesses a murder. The original film also served as the inspiration behind the 2007 psychological thriller Distubria, which starred Shia LaBeouf.


Kevin Williamson Will Also Create a New Series


In addition to bringing his reimagining of Rear Window to Peacock, the deal with Universal Television also sees Kevin Williamson creating an original series titled The Waterfront. While major plot details are under wraps at this time, It’s reported that the series will take Williamson back to his North Carolina origins for a family crime drama that will focus on the dysfunctional Buckeye family struggling to hang on to their dilapidated fishing empire.


Besides Rear Window and The Waterfront, two other projects for Universal Television are currently in active development by Outerbanks Entertainment. They include Ruth Ware’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling book ‘The It Girl,’ which follows a woman a decade after her best friend’s murder in search of answers as to who really killed her, and The Game, which is an updated take on the 1997 David Fincher film starring Michael Douglas.


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As of right now, no other projects have been announced, and it is yet to be determined when production on Rear Window will start. Williamson is currently in the writing phase of the process, and casting has yet to begin, so it’s likely viewers can expect a 2025 or 2026 release date. Due to their recent success adapting other popular IPs, including Twisted Metal, and Ted, coupled with the creative mind of Kevin Williamson, it’s safe to assume that Universal Television will want to get started sooner rather than later.

Rear Window
is available for streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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