With a director and cast in place, MTV is gearing up to start shooting a “Scream” TV series. Originally the series seemed exciting, as the film franchise by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven is beyond awesome. Now here comes some troubling news that changes things.
It seems the Weinstein Company is not able to get the rights to the iconic mask that made the franchise stand out from the pack. Yep, that’s right. There will be no Ghostface in the MTV version, according to RJ Torbert of Ghostface rights holder, FunWorld.
Since they are going ahead with the new series without the very essence that is “Scream,” Zap2it has come with five ways the show can save face with the fans.
1. Cameos galore
The “Scream” franchise had so many memorable performances. The new series will have to really up the ante on getting as many of them back as possible. Rose McGowan would be an excellent hot teacher and of course Courteney Cox will have to come back and reprise her role as Gale Weathers.
2. A TV show within the show
“Stab,” the movie within the movie, was a franchise staple and provided the killer a second home of sorts. Wouldn’t it be great if the MTV version had a TV show within the show? Another bonus — it’s an excellent vehicle to get those cameos in. We’re looking at you Emily Mortimer, a.k.a. Sydney of “Stab 3” and “Scream 3” fame.
3. Classic ‘Scream’ quotables
The newbie will need a plethora of lines that are just as great as these:
“What’s your favorite scary movie?” — Ghostface (Well, guess this one’s out)
“What’s the point? They’re all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some
big-breasted girl who can’t act who’s always running up the stairs
when she should be running out the front door. It’s insulting.” — Sidney Prescott
“If you were the only suspect in a senseless bloodbath – would you be standing in the horror section?” — Randy
4. Quirky cuties and brooding bad boys
The original “Scream” made viewers fall in love with funny guys Jamie Kennedy, David Arquette and Matthew Lillard. Of course fans needed them to offset the sizzle of Sidney’s smoking hot, bad boy boyfriend-turned-killer Billy Loomis, played by Skeet Ulrich. The new one is going to need a whole lot of this to make it work. Hint hint — more cameos.
5. Scare tactics
Without Ghostface, the creators of “Scream” the TV series are going to have to beef up the scare tactics. This means ground-breakingly terrifying scenes, lots of gore and coming up with fright that will make viewers check their backseats and locks at least ten times at night.
What do you think of the possibility of “Scream” without Ghostface?