I can't help but be a little excited for MTV's Scream series, which is set to premiere June 30th. The Summer season can get extremely boring in terms of television, and aside from a couple of other shows, Scream looks to be about the only interesting thing happening on the small screen over the next few months.
Still, fans of the Scream franchise (myself included) are skeptical about the new series for a couple of reasons. First, it will feature a brand new story with brand new characters and actors. Second, MTV revealed last year that they will be ditching the iconic Ghostface mask from the films in favor of a new, updated Scream mask.
Today, that new mask was revealed, and I have to say, it doesn't look terrible. It's actually quite similar to the Ghostface mask from the films. It's sort of Ghostface meets Michael Myers. You can see it for yourself below.
Regarding the change, executive producer Jaime Paglia explains:
The [original] mask is so iconic. If you were to have that mask in a television series, but you weren't following any of the characters [from the original], I believe that would be misleading the audience.
Additionally, executive producer Jill Blotevogel had her own description of the new mask.
It evokes some of the Jason hockey mask and the white Michael Myers mask. But it's still first and foremost evocative of the Scream mask. It's sort of a reinvention while also paying homage.
As I said before, I kind of dig the new mask. It definitely gives me a little more hope for the series. Hell, even Wes Craven, who directed the Scream movies, is a fan of the killer's new look. He says:
The new mask is cool and scary and takes the series into a new direction. It also ties into the story, which I won't give away.
Scream is set up as a TV show where everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. And everyone is fair game. What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Scream stars Bex Taylor-Klaus, Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil and Amadeus Serafini. The anticipated horror series premiere, June 30th on MTV.
What do you guys think of the new Ghostface mask? Are you a fan?
Source: Entertainment Weekly