Fox is giving Kevin Williamson a chance to shine with The Following, as the network revealed the first look of the serial killer series at this week’s upfront presentation. Kevin Bacon stars as a former FBI agent who gets back in the game to hunt down an escaped convict who bases his murders on works by Edgar Allen Poe. Weird, very weird stuff–and now you can check out the trailer below.
Williamson’s writing credits include The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek and the Scream movies. The Following seems like a different type of monster though, since it has little to do with teen angst.
Here’s an official plot summary for the The Following:
THE FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Welcome to “The Following”, the terrifying new thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the ‘Scream’ franchise). When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy, “Rome”) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Emmy-nominated actor Kevin Bacon, ‘X-Men: First Class’) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature.
The series also stars James Purefoy as Joe Carroll, Jeananne Goossen as Agent Jennifer Mason, Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews, Kyle Catlett as Joey Matthews, Shawn Ashmore as Agent Weston, Valorie Curry as Denise, Adan Canto as Billy Thomas and Nico Tortorella as Will Wilson.
The idea of hunting down an artsy serial killer is intriguing. And there’s also Mr. Bacon, an actor who tends to chose pretty good projects. At the same time, the premise is questionable–will they be able to keep the hunt going and keep things interesting? Only time will tell. For now, check out the trailer below:
The Following will debut in 2013.
What do you think? Will you watch The Following?