5:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con: 'Scream' Sets Bella Thorne's Return — Plus Watch an Extended Trailer
MTV's Scream is poised to come fill circle.
The remake of the Kevin Williamson feature franchise is set to bring back the show's central bad girl — Bella Thorne's Nina, who memorably was killed off in the first minutes of the series.
"You will see more Nina," said Thorne. "More mean — and less dead!" Producers noted that the way the show uses social media to bolster stories will help to allow her character to return. Producers declined to provide details on just which episode Thorne will make her return in, though the actress revealed she hoped it would be in flashbacks.
The actress also spoke about the joy of being the first person to be whacked on the show. "I really wanted to die onscreen," joked Thorne of being the first one killed on Scream — and for once not having to be the last person standing. "Everybody wants to kill you off because you're not well-liked. I felt bad being so mean!"
Scream kicks off when entitled Lakewood High teen Nina is murdered in an apparent crime of passion. The slaying exposes the inner workings of the town's complex social hierarchy. After young loner Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) is outed via cyberbullying, she finds a way to hold her head up high with the help of nerdy friend Noah (John Karna) and a renewed relationship with Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), her former, elementary-school best friend. Meanwhile, Emma's mother and the town's medical examiner, Maggie (Tracy Middendorf), works with Sheriff Clark (Jason Wiles) to solve the murder and determine if it's connected to a crime spree from the town's dark past — a killing spree committed by a previous generation's "bullying victim" Brandon James.
Executive producer Jaime Paglia stressed that this show — like other genre dramas — isn't safe for anyone. "Anyone can go at any time," he stressed, adding that the show originally was conceived with more supernatural elements.
A quick poll of the panel revealed that only co-showrunners Jill E. Blotevogel and Paglia know who the killer (or killers) is. "Everybody is waiting for the killer to call them," said Blotevogel of the characters feeling the pressure to get the iconic call from the film on the series. Paglia said there won't be a phone call every week, but the show will explore more of social media to include the pressures of being a teenager today.
In terms of the future of the show, Paglia hopes to follow a more traditional format, but the creators have discussed doing an anthology more along the lines of American Horror Story. "You want to follow the characters after they go through their first experiences," he said, while Blotevogel added that, ideally, they'd like to keep as much of the cast on board as they can (read: alive) going forward.
As far as the end of the season, said Paglia, "There will be satisfying answers" for season one "and bigger questions and mysteries that will be explored in season two," as he hopes his show avoids making mistakes like The Killing did in its first season.
As for the cast and creators' own favorite scary movies, they include The Shining, Poltergeist, Let the Right One In, Honeymoon, The Strangers, The Sixth Sense, Evil Dead, Friday the 13th and The House of the Devil.
Check out an extended trailer of what's to come below.