Ever since MTV dropped the bomb on us that the killer in their television adaptation of Scream will not be donning the iconic mask that became ever so prevalent in stores during the Halloween season, folks have been wondering what mask will the murderer wear, if any? It’s hard to imagine the franchise continuing without the mask it’s so well known for, but in an interview with EW, Mina Lefevre, MTV’s senior vice president and head of scripted development, revealed what kind of mask our slasher will take on. The answer will make you excited. Or piss you off. You ready?
The creators are still using the Edvard Munch painting as the main source of inspiration to keep it close to the mask we all know and love while adding an “organic” feel to it. Do you think by organic they mean flesh? That seems to be the rumor.
Mina Lefevre said,“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.”
“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.”
Did anyone else picture Leatherface calling someone and asking them what their favorite scary movie is?
I have to say, I’m on board with that decision. If they couldn’t use the original, using it as a source of inspiration and kicking it up a notch is the way to go if they go in that direction, although Mina went on to say that not using Ghostface was a rights issue and hinted that the original mask may still be on the table, “It’s a little preliminary, obviously because we haven’t even started our writers room, to say that we will never see that other mask or not.”
You think they should go with this new flesh mask or keep it classic? Either way, I’m sure we all just want to see the series come to life with 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.