Wes Craven Comments on MTV’s Scream Mask Change

This past weekend we saw the first teaser for MTV’s “Scream,” which all but confirmed recent rumors that the iconic Ghostface mask will not be seen in the upcoming series. Naturally, fans are none too happy about that aspect of the show, and neither is executive producer Wes Craven.

In an interesting interview with THR, Craven revealed the nature of his involvement with the series, stating that he basically just put his name on it and didn’t do much else. He also strongly suggested that change isn’t always a good thing and surprisingly expressed regret over the changes he made to Freddy Krueger in New Nightmare.

In general we didn’t mess with the mask at all,” Craven said, referring to the Scream film 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],” Craven 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.”

According to MTV Senior VP Mina Lefevre, the mask change was made not because of any sort of issues with Ghostface mask-makers Fun World but rather because they simply wanted to put a fresh new spin on the iconic mask.

If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version,” said Lefevre, “this one is a more organic-looking and, frankly, darker version.”

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“The Killing’s” Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Aubrey Jensen. Also starring in the series are Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, and Joel Gretsch. Jamie Travis directed the pilot.

MTV and Dimension TV (The Weinstein Company) bring the series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise to television.  Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island,” “Ravenswood”) and Jaime Paglia (“Arrow”) will executive produce and showrun, with John Shiban (“Hell on Wheels”, “Breaking Bad”) on board as a consulting producer.  Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (“Criminal Minds,” “The Event,” and “Revenge”) wrote the original script.  Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce.  Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

After 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.

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