The first reveal of MTV's Scream television series certainly couldn't be described as 'uncontroversial.'
The debut trailer for the television series based on Wes Craven's iconic horror films shows that the Ghostface killer would not be wearing the iconic Scream mask. Check it out below to see what they've replace it with:
However, in a new interview, Craven explains he had little input into the series, and had learned from his own experience that it was often better not to mess with the appearance of horror icons. Craven is also the horrific mastermind behind Freddy Kruger - arguably the most recognizable horror movie maniac - and he recently revealed he regrets changing Freddy's iconic look for 1994's divisive New Nightmare. When discussing the new Ghostface mask, Craven told The Hollywood Reporter:
In general we didn’t mess with the mask at all [in the Scream movies]. It’s something we didn’t try to change. With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare (below), I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface. It would have been safer [not to change Freddy]. I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that, it’s just perfect.
Indeed, it seems Craven isn't all that interested in or involved with the MTV series. Although he is listed as an executive producer, it sounds like he's mostly interested in banking his paycheck. When discussing the series he explained:
I just put my name on it. I was too busy to do much else.
Of course, this isn't to suggest the MTV series will not be worth watching. Sure, they've changed the mask, but I can imagine they are also eager to separate themselves slightly from the Scream film franchise. There is a big chance this will explode in their face, but we should probably wait and see until it releases.
The Scream series premieres on June 30th.