Scream TV series takes a step away from the movie

Ghostface is going to look “more organic and darker” in MTV’s Scream series

scream-4As details begin to emerge about MTV’s Scream TV show, we’re starting to see how it will differ from Wes Craven’s classic franchise.

EW reveals that one aspect of it is going to look very different: Ghostface.

The iconic mask will no longer be used, and the site suggests that it could be made of flesh, although it will still be based on the Edvard Munch painting.

“It’s a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask,” says Mina Lefevre, MTV’s senior vice president and head of scripted development. “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.”

Lefevre goes on to say that this darker tone is in keeping with the show, which is recalibrating for how horror itself has changed in the years since Craven and Kevin Williamson’s original.

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 says. “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.”

Scream begins in 2015 on MTV. Read more about classic slashers with the SciFiNow Slasher Movie Horror Handbook.