The first rule of a reboot? Give everything a facelift. That’s certainly the case with MTV’s television adaptation of the classic 1996 film Scream, which premieres on June 30 and follows an entirely new group of teenagers being hunted by a masked killer in their small town.
While the film franchise featured a killer wearing a now-iconic Ghostface mask, producers for the small-screen version decided to go for a fresh new look to alert viewers that this is not the same old Scream. “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,” says exec producer Jaime Paglia (Eureka).
But the mask does play with the franchise’s love of horror classics. Explains exec producer Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island): “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.”
Most importantly, it passes muster with original director Wes Craven, now an executive producer on the series. Says Craven, “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.” Now we just want to know who’s underneath.