MTV’s “SCREAM” Series Will Include a Different, “Darker” GhostFaceNews Samuel Zimmerman
Here’s something to chew on for the weekend… Last month, RJ Torbert of Fun World, who licenses out the iconic GhostFace mask for SCREAM revealed it would not be used in the upcoming MTV series. The collective “huh” was weighty. GhostFace is SCREAM, no?
It is, indeed and as such, will not in fact be left out of the new iteration. It will however, be something else entirely. EW spoke to MTV’s senior vice president and head of script development Mina Lefevre, who seemed to indicate the Edvard Munch “Scream”-inspired visage might hew closer to the painting’s tone. As in skin tone. Because it’s implied the mask is made of flesh.
The mask is still developing, but the image of an elongated, crafted-from-skin variant is something of an unsettling one indeed. Lefevre says, “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.”
Is this indicative of the current television climate? Where larger studio fare is going after supernatural, largely bloodless frights, television is a storm of splatter, from THE WALKING DEAD to HANNIBAL to AMERICAN HORROR STORY. The strange and gross is living well on the small screen and Lefevre seems to be aware: “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,” she explains. 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.”
Premiering in 2015, SCREAM the series follows a new generation of high schooler would-be victims. The pilot concerns a “YouTube video going viral, which will have adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey and seemingly serve as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”
Jamie Travis is directing the pilot, written by Jill Blotevogel. SCREAM was given a full series order in late October.