Scream Series Gets A Darker Mask

Mina Lefevre, MTV’s senior vice president and head of scripted development for the network, says the upcoming TV series based on the “Scream” franchise will include a masked killer but one with a quite darker and more sinister version of the iconic Ghostface mask from the films.

She tells EW the new mask is inspired by the Edvard Munch ‘Scream’ painting, but this one will have more of an organic feel to it and may even be made of flesh:

“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.”

Lefevre adds that the spirit of the original movies will be carried over to the series, even if the famous Ghostface mask isn’t:

“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.

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.”

The series is still in very early stages though, she admits they “haven’t even started our writers room” at this point. The show is slated to premiere sometime next year on MTV.