/scream-tv-show-ghostface/In mid-October, it was reported that MTV would not be using the iconic Ghostface mask from the movie franchise for its upcoming Scream TV series. While that is true, the killer won't be absent altogether, as MTV's senior vice president and head of scripted development reveals the show plans on creating an entirely new mask for the killer to wear.
Many fans have been wondering exactly how Scream will be Scream if Ghostface isn't around to dispatch teens at a random rate. Wouldn't it just be another generic slasher story evoking the nostalgia that comes along with the franchise title? EW talked with Mina Lefevre, who claims that the mask inspired by the Edvard Munch 'Scream' painting will have an organic feel this time around, which hints at it being made of human flesh.
Mina Lefevre explains:
"It's a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask. It's something we're constantly talking about. How did that mask become that mask? What's its purpose? How did it evolve? If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version, for a lack of a better description, this one is a more organic looking and frankly darker version."
Scream, as a TV series, will follow a group of high school students lead by the shy yet very popular Emma, played by Willa Fitzgerald. We'll also get artsy loner Audrey played by Bex Taylor-Klaus, Noah the computer geek played by John Karna. Star athlete Will played by Connor Weil, and socialite Brooke played by Carlson Young. The show also features a handful of recurring adult characters, including Joel Gretsch as local sherif Clark Hudson and Amadeus Serafini as his mysterious son Kieran. Tracy Middendorf will star as Maggie, who gets no character description as of yet.
Mina Lefevre claims that not using the original Ghostface mask had nothing to do with the rights issue. She also promises that the spirit of the original Wes Craven movie, which was written by Kevin Williamson, will remain in tact. And that the franchise is about much more than just a plastic mask:
"Scream was incredibly iconic, but we wanted to reinvent that for TV while of course keeping all the main elements that made it so iconic, including a mask, but also the soapy teen stories, pop culture humor, the scares and the killer,. We're tonally walking that line, yet delivering the scares in a significant way. The mask was a big discussion creatively. We wanted to get a nod and a wink to what the original was, but we definitely wanted to make it more on par with what horror is now, which is darker."
After all that, Mina Lefevre doesn't rule out the idea of the mask never being used.
"It's a little preliminary, obviously because we haven't even started our writers room, to say that we will never see that other mask or not."
Scream will premiere in 2015 on MTV.