Back in October, MTV announced a renewal for Scream Season 3, which came just days before the Scream Halloween special was set to air on MTV. The network handed out just a six-episode order for the show, with Michael Gans and Richard Register also leaving as showrunners, but today the network has announced that there will be a full series reboot in Season 3. MTV has brought on Brett Matthews as the new showrunner, with Queen Latifah also joining the series as an executive producer, through her Flavor Unit Entertainment company.
While no new cast members were announced today, MTV did confirm that this new season will, "feature a fresh cast and creative reboot." It hasn't been confirmed if Queen Latifah will also star in front of the camera, along with serving as an executive producer, but she will be joined by Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty from her production company Flavor Unit Entertainment, which had previously produced HBOs Life Support and Bessie. New showrunner will also executive produce with the rest of the show's existing creative team, including Dimension TV's Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad, with the late Wes Craven also still serving as executive producer.
There had been talk last spring that MTV had been eyeing a creative reboot, with the show getting a new showrunner in each of its three seasons, and the cast moving on to new projects, like Willa Fitzgerald signing on to Fox's Behind Enemy Lines pilot. Jill Blotevogal co-created the series with Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, with Jill Blotevogal and Jaime Paglia serving as the showrunners. When they both left after the first season, Michael Gans and Richard Register took the showrunner reins, only to also step down as MTV announced a Season 3 renewal. The six-episode order also marked a sharp decline, with the first season getting a 10-episode order, followed by a 13-episode order for Season 2, which included the Halloween special.
One big reason for the creative reboot is the show's decline in ratings. Season 2 averaged 377,000 viewers, more than half of what the first season attracted. The first season got off to a big start, with Bella Thorne coming aboard to essentially recreate a new version of the Scream movie's iconic opening, featuring the gruesome death of Drew Barrymore's character. The show was quickly renewed for a second season, but interest in the show dropped off severely. The Halloween special even ended with a cliffhanger that seemed to hint the killer Brandon James will return in Season 3, but with the whole show being rebooted, there will likely not even be a Brandon James in this new iteration.
The Scream series starred Amadeus Serafini as Kieran Wilcox, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Audrey Jensen, Carlson Young as Brooke Maddox, John Karna as Noah Foster, Kiana Lede as Zoe, Santiago Segura as Gustavo Acosta, Tom Maden as Jake Fitzgerald, Tracy Middendorf as Margaret "Maggie" Duvall and Willa Fitzgerald as Emma Duval. While none of these characters will be back, the iconic Ghostface mask will most likely return, albeit with a much different person behind the mask. Hopefully we'll hear more about Scream Season 3 and when it may debut in the weeks and months ahead.