MTV’s Scream TV series isn’t set to debut until June but has been building buzz since the network announced it. When it was confirmed that the classic Ghostface mask would not be making its way into the new show, fans weren’t too thrilled about the decision. Now the man responsible for Scream, Wes Craven, has spoken out on the major change.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Craven admits he learned his lesson about changing the look of iconic characters with Freddy Krueger and the New Nightmare franchise. “It’s something we didn’t try to change. With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare, I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface.
“It would have been safer [not to change Freddy],” he continued. “I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that, it’s just perfect.”
Another important part of the Scream movies that are absent from the series is the iconic voice that accompanied the mask. Roger Jackson, who voiced the original Scream killer, also shared his feelings on the absence of Ghostface. “I can’t picture it,” he told THR. “How can you have Scream without Ghostface? It’s like Friday the 13th without Jason.”
As far as Craven’s actual amount of involvement in the MTV series? “I just put my name on it…I was too busy to do much else.”
According to the MTV, the series picks up when a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder. The shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.
Scream premieres Tuesday, June 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
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