Saturday 24 February 2018

Here's why Scream TV series creators ditched iconic Ghostface mask

The new Ghostface mask on MTV's Scream, premiering June 20
The new Ghostface mask on MTV's Scream, premiering June 20

The mask worn by the killer Ghostface in the Scream film franchise is an iconic piece of movie costume, but the creators of the upcoming TV series for MTV have ditched it in favour of a new design.

Executive producers Jill Blotevogel and Jamie Paglia say the move was "necessary" if the reboot is to be successful.

Speaking to MTV News, Paglia said, “The ’Scream’ mask is so iconic with the film franchise, to the point where even in the movies, the ’Stab’ movies within the world, the mask was so iconic and so associated with those characters.

“It felt like if we were going to do a show — Jill created these characters, and this new mythology and backstory that we have for the series that doesn’t follow any of our original characters — that one of the most iconic things about the series should also change, just to let everybody know this is an updated story line that’s going to have its own world, its own characters, and we’re not going to be beholden to any of those threads from feature films.”

Paglia went on to explain how the TV writers have to expand on the 90 minute movie and therefore the mask needs to attain more significance.  Its origins in the TV show are more complex and meaningful than the purchase of a $1.99 costume mask by the killer in the movie.

“That mask humanizes him and demonizes him at the same time,” explains Paglia. “We get to learn why he was wearing it, and that it was a part of trying to fix what actually made him a monster, but the actually fact of wearing it makes him look like a monster — so it’s interesting how it bridges that idea.”

She adds, “In terms of the misshapen qualities of the face… it ties into the backstory of our killer."

The backstory extends back 20 years when the original killer was a teenage boy named Brandon James who had Proteus syndrome, a congenital disorder which causes overgrowth of tissue including skin and bone and which causes disfigurement. 

He lived in a shed outside his parents' house and became an outcast.

The series will star Bella Thorne as Casey with Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Carlson Young while Wes Craven, who directed all four Scream movies, will helm.

Scream premieres on MTV on June 20.

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