Scream 7: Release, Cast & Everything We Know

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: November 26, 2023


Following the success of Scream VI in theaters, Scream 7 is officially in development. In 2022, the franchise made a return with its fifth installment, simply titled Scream, featuring returning cast members like Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox.

The fifth installment introduced a new cast, including Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, and Jenna Ortega, who continued into Scream VI, bringing new life to the iconic horror franchise.

The direction of the franchise in its seventh installment is uncertain. Spyglass Media Group, the production company behind the Scream movies, has dropped Melissa Barrera due to her support of Palestine. Co-star Jenna Ortega has also left the project, citing scheduling conflicts with the filming of the second season on Wednesday.

Scream 7 Release: When Will It Come Out?

Director Christopher Landon is taking over from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Radio Silence) for Scream 7, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Radio Silence directed the 2022 Scream and Scream VI.

Landon, known for his work on Happy Death Day and Freaky, is a devoted fan of the franchise. In an interview with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show (via Comicbook), Landon mentioned that the opportunity “came out of the blue for [him]” after the previous directing duo “wanted to do something else.”

“It came out of the blue for me. My understanding is that there were conversations happening for some time. But I think it was just an opportunity that really arose because the other directors who did the last two films, Tyler and Matt, they wanted to do something else. They were ready to kind of do something different.”

After the departure of Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett, Landon’s name was considered along with other potential replacements. He expressed his excitement, saying, “I’m thrilled that I got that call,” and added, “it felt like a thing that was always meant to be.”

“That’s when they obviously had to find someone new, and I’ve known Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original film, for a long, long time and he’s a friend. I think he threw my name into the hat and everybody kind of said, ‘Yeah, that makes sense. That seems to make sense.’ And I was just thrilled that I got that call because it felt very, it felt like kismet, it felt like a thing that like was always meant to be.”

While it’s possible that Landon may also write Scream 7, nothing is confirmed. The previous two Scream films were written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, but their return is not confirmed.

Produced by Spyglass Media Group, Universal Pictures is expected to distribute the film.

Despite the quick turnaround time of 15 months between Scream and Scream VI, there is no official update on the production of Scream 7.

UPDATE: Scream 7 will reportedly go back to the drawing board following Melissa Barrera’s departure and Jenna Ortega’s subsequent exit. There is hope that Scream alums Neve Campbell and Patrick Dempsey could return for the seventh installment, but they are not currently signed on.

Fans eager for the seventh installment of Scream may need to wait until 2025 or later for its release. The need to rewrite the script is expected to delay the film’s release beyond the initial hope of a 2024 premiere.

Scream 7 Cast: Who Will Return?

Jenna Ortega – Tara Carpenter

Jenna Ortega, now recognized for her role in Netflix’s Wednesday, began her career as a childhood actress in shows like Jane the Virgin and Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark.

Her involvement in the Scream franchise has marked a significant part of her career’s evolution toward more mature roles, particularly in horror films. Movies such as The Babysitter: Killer Queen, X, and Studio 666 have also played a role in this transition.

UPDATE: Jenna recently exited Scream 7 following the dismissal of co-star Melissa Barrera. Reports suggest that Ortega’s departure is due to scheduling conflicts with filming Wednesday Season 2. However, the timing raises questions about whether her exit was influenced by Barrera’s firing.

Melissa Barrera – Sam Carpenter

Melissa Barrera has been a significant part of the Scream revival, portraying Sam Carpenter in leading roles in the recent films. It would be surprising if Barrera did not return unless the series took a completely new direction.

When asked about Scream 7, the actress expressed that she would “not [be] opposed to” returning:

“I think the beauty of the ‘Scream’ universe is that anything can happen, and anyone can come back. I’m not opposed to it!”

Barrera previously discussed the future of Sam Carpenter, mentioning to Digital Spy that “there are so many places that Sam could go:”

“There are so many places that Sam could go. That’s one of the reasons that, when I read the script for ‘Scream 5,’ I was so interested in the character. There’s so much potential here of where she could go with her mental health – she’s just unpredictable. I find that that darkness in her makes her that much more interesting to play and to watch.”

UPDATE: Spyglass has removed Melissa Barrera from Scream 7 due to her social media posts supporting Palestine. The film will undergo a complete script rewrite following Barrera’s firing, and there is hope that Neve Campbell could return as the lead in the franchise.

Jasmin Savoy Brown – Mindy Meeks-Martin

Jasmin Savoy Brown, notable for her portrayal of Mindy Meeks-Martin in the new Scream series, is a key member of the squad. She is also recognized for her role in the ongoing Showtime psychological drama series, Yellowjackets.

Mindy is anticipated to make a return in Scream 7, assuming the film continues with most of the current characters who have survived.

Mason Gooding – Chad Meeks-Martin

Mason Gooding, who portrays Chad Meeks-Martin, joins his twin sister in the Scream series. The actor’s first significant film role was in the 2019 film Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde.

Chad’s romantic feelings toward Tara could potentially develop further in Scream 7 (if Ortega returns), solidifying Gooding’s role in this franchise.

Courteney Cox – Gale Weathers

Consider this nearly certain: Courteney Cox’s Gale Weathers has appeared in every Scream film since the original.

Renowned for her role on Friends, Cox consistently manages to escape death at the hands of Ghostface.

What Will Happen in Scream 7?

No official plot details have been released for Scream 7. However, fans can anticipate a fresh perspective on the antagonist (or antagonists) adopting the identity of Ghostface.

In Scream VI’s conclusion, Detectives Wayne Bailey, Quinn Bailey, and Ethan Landry were revealed as the killers, seeking revenge for Richie’s murder in the previous film, Scream. None of them survived.

To amp up the stakes, the next Scream installment might introduce multiple Ghostfaces working together or return to a simpler approach.

A prevalent theory, hinted at in the latest film, suggests that Sam might descend to the depths of becoming Ghostface in Scream 7, given that she is the daughter of the original villain, Billy.

Will Scream 7 Be the Final Movie of the Franchise?

After the 2011 disappointment of Scream 4, which made $38.2 million domestically, the 2022 sequel revitalized the franchise, grossing $81.6 million.

Both the recent Scream and Scream IV received a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the latest film outperformed at the box office.

Scream IV earned $108.2 million in its domestic box office run, the highest in franchise history, making the decision to greenlight a seventh film straightforward.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the Scream franchise’s domestic box office performance over the years. The original film’s $103 million earnings are impressive considering its approximately $6 million budget:

  1. Scream VI – $108.2 million
  2. Scream (1996) – $103 million
  3. Scream 2 – $101.4 million
  4. Scream 3 – $89.1 million
  5. Scream (2022) – $81.6 million
  6. Scream 4 – $38.2 million

If Scream 7 can maintain its momentum and achieve a box office performance between $100-$115 million in North America, it’s highly probable that a Scream 8 will be in the works.

A major uncertainty surrounding the seventh film is whether Jenna Ortega will return, given her skyrocketing stardom between the 2022 and 2023 films.

Considering former Scream Queen Neve Campbell departed the franchise because she “felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value [she had] brought to the franchise,” according to Deadline, don’t anticipate the studio offering Ortega a substantial deal for a return.

In a recent interview on the Happy Horror Time podcast, Scream writer Kevin showed his support for Campbell’s decision not to return as Sidney Prescott in Scream VI, saying, “All I can say is pay her the money.”

“I know her well. I love and adore her, and that’s what she did, and it’s great for her. I love everyone involved with Scream, and all I can say is pay her the money. Yes, you heard it, everyone. That’s what I would do. I would give her that.”

Scream VI is now streaming on Paramount+.

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