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"Scream VII" Faces Dire Setbacks: Director Christopher Landon Exits Amidst Turmoil

"Scream VII" Faces Dire Setbacks: Director Christopher Landon Exits Amidst Turmoil

İrem Uğur
December 24 2023 - 05:44pm

The production of 'Scream VII' has taken a tumultuous turn as director Christopher Landon, renowned for his work on horror hits like 'Happy Death Day' and 'Freaky,' has officially stepped away from the project. Landon's departure adds to the series of setbacks that have plagued the film, including the firing of lead actress Melissa Barrera and the voluntary exit of Jenna Ortega. What was once a dream job for Landon has turned into a nightmare, leaving the fate of the iconic horror franchise hanging in the balance.

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A Dream Job Turned Nightmare

A Dream Job Turned Nightmare

Christopher Landon's exit from 'Scream VII' was confirmed with a statement he made on X Saturday, revealing that he had formally exited the project weeks ago. In his announcement, Landon expressed the disappointment and joy that his departure might bring to different parties. Describing the experience as a dream job that turned into a nightmare, he conveyed a heartfelt sentiment for everyone involved in the project. Landon acknowledged the legacy of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, hoping it would thrive despite the challenges.

Lead Cast Shake-Up: Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega

Lead Cast Shake-Up: Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega

The troubles for 'Scream VII' started earlier with the firing of actress Melissa Barrera over social media posts characterized as antisemitic. It was revealed that Barrera's dismissal occurred in October during the Israel-Hamas war, a period when the actress had become increasingly vocal. Following this, Jenna Ortega, another lead star, made the decision to voluntarily exit the project. Notably, Ortega's departure was decided before the SAG-AFTRA strike but was only made public a month ago.

The Creative Void: Future Rests on James Vanderbilt

The Creative Void: Future Rests on James Vanderbilt

With Christopher Landon's departure, the responsibility for directing 'Scream VII' now falls on James Vanderbilt, the writer-producer closely associated with the rebooted movies. Sources indicate that Vanderbilt had been focusing the storyline on Barrera's character, and Landon's presence would have provided creative support. Now, without Landon, the franchise faces a significant setback, and Vanderbilt will need to rebuild the project from scratch.

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