NC’s Kevin Williamson Creates a Killer ‘Following’

The North Carolina native who gave you Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Vampire Diaries is about to scare the hell out of you again, as New Bern’s own Kevin Williamson prepares to debut his killer new series The Following on FOX this fall.

Created by New Bern, NC native Kevin Williamson, FOX's 'The Following' stars (from left) Shawn Ashmore, Jeannane Goossen, Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea and Kyle Cattlet.

Created by New Bern, NC native Kevin Williamson, FOX’s ‘The Following’ stars (from left) Shawn Ashmore, Jeannane Goossen, Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea and Kyle Cattlet.

Williamson, who also created the NC-filmed smash television hit Dawson’s Creek, serves as series creator and executive producer, but he has been developing the project for more than 16 years, according to Bloody-Disgusting.

Read on for the official synopsis and trailer.

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 Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where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. Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll. He knows him better than anyone; he is perhaps Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today.

Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. This investigation is his redemption, his call to action. In contrast to nine years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots on this case. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes all-business and tough-as-nails JENNIFER MASON (Jeananne Goossen, “The Vow,” ALCATRAZ) and young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore, “X-Men”).

The team considers Hardy to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of killers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape, and there’s no telling how many additional killers are out there.

The FBI’s investigation leads Hardy to CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea, “Justified”), Carroll’s ex-wife and mother of the criminal’s 10-year-old son, JOEY (newcomer Kyle Catlett). Close during Hardy’s initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll’s next move. The tension rises when Carroll’s accomplices kidnap his intended last victim from nine years ago.

Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll’s game when he realizes that this psychopath intends to finish what he started. The thriller will follow Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the devious Carroll, who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. The reinvigorated Hardy will get a second chance to capture Carroll, as he’s faced with not one but a cult of serial killers.

You can check out the trailer for Kevin Williamson’s The Following in the player below!

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Posted on July 17, 2012, in NC Talent, TV and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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