Despite rumors that Scream season 3 would be premiering in early 2018, we still haven’t seen even a single promo for it. And now we may know why.
Update: On August 16, it was announced via The Hollywood Reporter that Mary J. Blige would be joining the cast of Scream season 3 as Sherry Elliot, the mother of Deion Elliot (pictured below).
Rumors circulating indicate season 3 could be premiering in October, although there has not been a formal announcement thus far. However, THR does confirm that MTV is planning on releasing Scream season 3’s six episodes over the course of three nights.
Original article: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has settled with The Weinstein Co. and Lantern Entertainment, which essentially means Netflix won’t have to stream Scream season 3.
Lantern Entertainment purchased The Weinstein Co. for $289 million, but several other deals had to be renegotiated in the process. While Lantern Entertainment agreed that Netflix had no obligation to stream Scream season 3, they did push to have the service deliver the second season of Spy Kids.
What’s this mean for ‘Scream’ season 3?
We still don’t know, as details are scarce. When I chatted with Tyler Posey in October 2017, the cast had already been filming for about a week. The series was supposed to premiere sometime in March 2018, but as of today — July 18 — we still have no word on when we’ll see the new season.
Scream season 3 was supposed to reboot the entire franchise, bringing in a new set of kids, including Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey, and a whole new dynamic. While fans of the previous two seasons felt a bit jaded that the characters they had fallen in love with would be gone, it was clear that MTV was trying to pull out all the stops to breathe new life into the series.
Without knowing the exact details of the agreement to premiere Scream season 3, it’s hard to tell what kind of effect this will have on the show moving forward. Lantern Entertainment may need to find another service to replace Netflix before the show can hit MTV.
In addition to that, MTV has recently created their own studio — aptly named MTV Studios — which means they could potentially be looking for a new network for season 3 to premiere on.
A change of networks would be a shame, as Scream is a good fit for the same platform that hosted Teen Wolf, but last year’s falling numbers indicates fewer people were turning in for the series’ sophomore season. Then again, that could have less to do with interest and more to do with poor marketing.
As a fan of the first two seasons, and as someone who is tentatively looking forward to the next one, I hope MTV finds a good fit for this show. Even if this is the last season we’ll ever get, I’d rather see it get the attention it deserves instead of sitting in limbo for all of eternity.
We’ve reached out to Viacom for comment and will update this article with any new information.