Comic-Con: Jamie Lee Curtis promises 'Halloween' homage on 'Scream Queens'
The stars of Fox's new horror comedy anthology Scream Queens gave Comic-Con attendees plenty to, well, scream about Sunday.
At a panel for the new series, stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Billie Lourde were joined by co-creator Ryan Murphy, who teased the new series as "Halloween meets Heathers."
The mention of the latter elicited big screams from the crowd for Halloween star Curtis, who was attending Comic-Con for the first time. To the joy of the crowd, Curtis said she will pay tribute to her breakthrough role on Scream Queens. "In episode two, there is a wordless homage that I threw in that was me tipping my hat to all you Laurie Strode lovers," she said.
Murphy said there would be shades of Laurie in Curtis' Scream Queens character, Dean Cathy Munsch. "Yes, if you're going to hire Jamie Lee Curtis, you want to see her kicking ass and fighting back and doing all of those things that you loved her dong so we're writing a scene right now where she's fighting three killers," said Murphy. "I come at the stuff from a real fan boy place."
Murphy also teased a sex scene between Curtis and an 18-year-old. "I wanted to see something irreverent and fun and her being powerful and large and in charge so that's what we did," he said.
As for the killer that runs rampant in the first season, Murphy said the actors do not yet who the killer is. Instead, he revealed that on the first episodes of the show, the actors were instructed to do one take where their character is the killer. "So every actor had to get into that mindset," he said.
"You definitely meet the killer in that premiere and I think if you go back at the end and watch that premiere it's very clear," added Murphy.
Looking beyond the first season, Murphy said that Scream Queens is "similar but different" as an anthology series compared to American Horror Story. "On Scream Queens, there are survivors who go onto a different location but the characters that you have grown to hopefully love will continue," said Murphy. "People will live and people will die. I'm already getting many, many bribes."
Scream Queens premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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