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SPYGLASS MEDIA PURSUE MELISSA BARRERA FOR “SCREAM” RETURN FOLLOWING FIRING

Posted on: December 30th, 2023

Well… who could’ve seen this coming? Evidently not Spyglass Media Group.

In the latest twist to the ongoing Scream 7 saga, trusted sources are telling us that Spyglass Media Group have reached out to actress Melissa Barrera to build bridges.

The studio’s move comes after it was reported on November 22nd that Barrera had been dropped from the slasher sequel due to social media posts deemed “controversial.”

Barrera commented on the current Israel-Palestine conflict, particularly the October 7th Hamas terrorist attack. Explaining their decision to fire Barrera, Spyglass subsequently labelled the actress’ statement “antisemitic” and “unacceptable.”

One day later, it was announced Barrera’s co-star and on-screen sister Jenna Ortega had dropped out of the project. Subsequently a “full creative reboot” was announced, with Spyglass eyeing legacy actors Neve Campbell and Patrick Dempsey to lead the project.

However, an outpouring of support for Melissa Barrera quickly emerged online, with portions of the Scream fandom threatening to boycott any incarnation of a seventh instalment without the actress.

The disarray has no doubt prompted Spyglass Media Group to reportedly request a meeting with Barrera behind-the-scenes. This move is unsurprising given the backlash the company have received, upending one of their biggest properties.

In an equally unsurprising response, Melissa Barrera has reportedly refused the company’s request to meet with her. This will undoubtedly upset fans that are eager to see her return as Sam Carpenter, but it’s entirely understandable that Barerra feels upset over her sudden dismissal.

With things still very much up in the air, including persisting rumours that Spyglass are once again playing hard-ball in negotiations with Neve Campbell, Scream 7 looks more uncertain than ever.

Still eyeing a Spring 2024 shoot, that’s beginning to look like quite the bit of wishful thinking with the persisting drama.

We’ll keep you informed of any further updates.

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