Insert ‘Scream’ Here! No Ghostface in MTV’s Upcoming Series



by: Jay Carlson

I loved Scream the first time I saw it. I vividly recall seeing it opening night in high school and not being able to get it out of my head for days. It was smart and funny and the reveal at the end was terrific. But the one thing that made the film so effective was that mask. That Ghost Face mask was key, if the mask didn’t work, the film would have been far less effective. (The tale of Wes Craven’s fight with the Weinsteins for the use of the Ghost Face mask was well documented in the amazing Peter Biskind book  Down and Dirty Pictures.)

The Scream franchise after that first film has had its ups and downs over the years. Scream 2 started off great, but the big reveal at the end was hugely disappointing. Scream 3 was a mess from beginning to end. Scream 4 was somewhere in the middle, not the best entry, but not Scream 3.

I was dubious when I heard MTV had plans to bring Scream to the small screen. Obviously, the fun of the films was fun scares and kills followed by the big reveal at the end. With a TV show that’s meant to go on and on and on and on…how would they accomplish the reveal?

Looks like that’s the least of the worries for the Scream TV series. Currently, there are no plans to feature Ghost Face in the sequel. That’s right, MTV’s Scream will not be featuring the iconic Ghost Face mask in the near future.

R.J. Torbert, rights holder of Ghost Face reports, “I had been in communication with TWC regarding this and they have informed me, that  as of now, and during the initial launch that  GHOST FACE®  is not involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean, that Ghost Face® will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question , to the question. However, as of now, there is no involvement.”

He goes on to explain this is not due to him not wanting Ghost Face in the show or holding out for more money, “We believe , SCREAM  is GHOST FACE,  and GHOST FACE® is Scream. However, while  GHOST FACE® is owned by Fun World, The Scream Motion Picture Franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company and it is their option to Film a movie or T.V.  SHOW without GHOST FACE®.

Regardless, we wish them the best of luck and I’m sure SCREAM FANS will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face®. Never say Never.”

The pilot, written by Jill Blotevogel (Ravenswood, Harper’s Island, Eureka) starts with a YouTube video that goes viral which causes problems for teenager Audrey and serves as the “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”

I’m very curious how all this is supposed to work in the context of the show. Although, I’m not sure I’m curious enough to actually tune in. A Scream series just seems like a very poor idea.

How about you? Any interest in the MTV series?


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