‘Dawson’s Creek’ Creator Kevin Williamson Sets Netflix Family Drama ‘The Waterfront’

Netflix has greenlit a family drama series titled “The Waterfront” written by Kevin Williamson.

Per the official logline, the series is inspired by true events and “dives into the flawed Buckley family as their attempts to retain control of their crumbling North Carolina fishing empire drive them to increasingly dangerous means to keep themselves afloat.”

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“The Waterfront” is being produced by Universal Television, and was announced to be in development earlier this year when Williamson entered an overall deal at the studio. He and Ben Fast serve as executive producers via Williamsons’s Outerbanks Entertainment banner.

Williamson is a veteran film and TV writer. His most prominent credits include creating “Dawson’s Creek,” which ran on the WB for six seasons from 1998 to 2003 and developing along with Julie Plec “The Vampire Diaries,” which ran on the CW for for eight seasons from 2009 to 2017. He also launched the “Scream” franchise, writing the screenplays for the first, second and fourth movies. He is also set to direct the upcoming seventh “Scream” film. He is repped by by CAA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan.

Williamson is also developing adaptations of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film “Rear Window,” Ruth Ware’s 2022 book “The It Girl” and David Fincher’s 1997 film “The Game” at Universal. If greenlit, “Rear Window” will stream on Peacock; platforms for “The It Girl” and “The Game are not yet known.

The news came during Netflix first-ever presentation at upfronts, following the streamer’s 2023 addition of an ad-supported tier.


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