Scream 7 Director Quits

The Scream franchise is facing more hurdles than an army of Ghostfaces. In a couple of recent tweets, director Christopher Landon announced that he has left Scream 7. This follows production company Spyglass firing Melissa Barrera, the new lead of the series, over comments about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the subsequent departure of Jenna Ortega. Landon was to replace departing directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who revived the series (if you want to call it that) after the death of horror legend Wes Craven, who directed the first four. Landon has directed several horror films, including Happy Death Day, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

This franchise is rapidly falling apart, and despite some of the circumstances surrounding it, I’m not exactly bummed out by that. I loved Scream under Wes Craven, but once Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett took over, it all went downhill, turning into just another dopey, generic slasher series that replaced its central character with a bland plank of wood. Based on his tweets, it seems Christopher Landon left because of the chaos behind the scenes more than out of solidarity with anyone, and I don’t blame him. While I haven’t seen any of his films, his career is on the rise, and although this would have been a boon to him, he’s better off taking other opportunities while Scream sorts itself out, however long that will take. Recent rumors said that Spyglass is looking to get Neve Campbell back in the lead as Sidney Prescott, which is the only thing that would make me want to watch a Scream movie again, but it remains to be seen if she’d even do it, let alone whether the film would be any good even with the rightful star of the series. Regardless of what happens, I don’t think we’ll be seeing another Scream movie for quite some time.

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