With the SAG-AFTRA strike finally at an end, we knew we’d hear some rumblings about anticipated horror productions that were halted. However, we didn’t think we’d be hearing said rumblings quite so soon.
Of course, the genre movie that everyone wants to know about is Scream 7, and whilst nothing official has been announced, we do have some news from a trusted source.
Last we heard, Scream 7 was eyeing a production window beginning in the early winter of 2024. Now that has reportedly been moved back to March of 2024, with several cast members very close to inking final contracts.
Bolstering this information is the fact that star Melissa Barrera has dropped out of a project due to film in March 2024, siting “scheduling conflicts.” So, if true, this means the return of Samantha Carpenter is likely.
Whilst word is still non-existent on the return of the rest of the “core four,” chiefly Jenna Ortega, our same trusted source tells us that four very important legacy characters feature heavily in the script and are close to finalising deals.
Neve Campbell, who we reported has been circling the project for some time, is reportedly keenly interested pending final negotiations. Also reportedly close to agreements are Courteney Cox and Hayden Panettiere, both of whom had prominent roles in 2023’s Scream VI in Campbell’s absence.
The last legacy cast member we have been continually hearing whispers about is Patrick Demsey, reportedly returning as Detective Mark Kincaid, husband to Sidney Prescott. Dempsy has just headlined Eli Roth’s slasher film Thanksgiving, also for Spyglass Media, so the chances of him officially returning are very favourable, according to our source.
If all falls into place as expected, Scream 7 is reportedly looking toward a January 2025 release, mirroring that of Scream 2022. This release date tracks with rumours that the film will feature a Christmas setting, and avoids competition from Paramount’s own Sonic the Hedgehog.
So, things are definitely moving on the Christopher Landon helmed follow-up, and we’ll let you know the second we hear anything further.