The Scream TV series will finally feature the original Ghostface mask made famous by the film franchise - but why did it take so long? The first Scream movie premiered in 1996 and spawned three sequels over the next decade-and-a-half. The franchise, created by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, later served as the basis for a television series that debuted on MTV in 2015. The third season, Scream: Resurrection, is set for a July release but the series has since found a new network to call home, VH1.
Back in 2016, it was announced that MTV had ordered a third season of Scream. Rather than follow the events of the past two seasons, the new installment will reboot the series with a completely new cast. Queen Latifah signed on to executive produce the reboot while Brett Matthews was hired as the showrunner. Filming took place in the fall of 2017 but the series has since been stuck in developmental hell. The Harvey Weinstein scandal complicated matters as The Weinstein Company held the rights to the series. The six-episode third season has now been announced to air on VH1 this July over the course of three consecutive nights.
Scream: Resurrection focuses on Deion Elliot (RJ Cyler), a local football star who is haunted by events of his tragic past as he starts to lose the future he worked so hard for. His friends also get swept up into the danger as a masked killer begins targeting members of Deion's community. The rest of the cast includes Mary J. Blige, Keke Palmer, Tyler Posey, Tyga, Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, C.J. Wallace, Giullian Yao Gioiello, and Paris Jackson. As revealed by Scream season 3's official trailer, Roger L. Jackson, who voiced Ghostface in the films, is reprising his role as the voice of the killer. And he's not the only original element being taken from the beloved Scream movies because the real Ghostface mask is making a comeback.
When the Scream series was first in development at MTV, showrunners Jill Blotevogel and Jamie Paglia explained that they wanted to pay homage to the movies while also creating their own story. In order to do that, they needed to step away from the iconic Ghostface mask to invent their new-look killer. Their organic approach gave the show's madman a white post-op surgical mask. The decision didn't go over too well with diehard horror fans who felt there couldn't be a Scream series without the Ghostface mask.
It seems likely that the real reason why the early seasons didn't use the Ghostface mask, however, was that MTV never acquired the rights. During the season 3 production process, the network made a deal with Fun World, the official licensor of the mask, to use the mask going forward. That's why Scream season 3 will mark the first time that the Ghostface mask has appeared on television.
The move will surely entice viewers who have been waiting for the series to go back to its roots. The first season of Scream admittedly started off a little rocky, but the following year was much more enjoyable as the series began to find its footing. It's a shame that MTV gave up so quickly on the story they built, although the notion of a Scream anthology is very intriguing and having Jackson behind the voice of Ghostface might turn the series around.