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New Twists in ‘Scream 7’: A Creative Shift Amid Star Exits and Potential Iconic Returns

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The upcoming “Scream 7” is facing a dramatic reshaping in its cast and storyline. The recent exits of Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera, both central figures in the last two installments, have led to a substantial rethinking of the film’s direction. Please be aware that while our coverage is based on information from reputable entertainment news sources such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline, the narrative surrounding this story is still unfolding. We anticipate a more definitive understanding of the facts to emerge in the coming weeks. It’s important to note that the “Scream” franchise is known for its tight-lipped approach regarding script details and cast announcements. Therefore, we advise treating these reports with a degree of skepticism until an official statement is issued.

The official story is that Ortega was already planning on exiting due to scheduling conflicts with the hit Netflix show “Wednesday”. Variety reports that “Ortega’s exit had required the creative team to make some alterations, according to individuals with knowledge, but there were still hopes that the actress might be convinced to come back for some sort of cameo. That no longer seems to be in the cards. Another source familiar with the franchise disputed this, saying Ortega was never in the mix for the new film.” Perhaps the ousting of Barrera was the nail in the coffin for Ortega, giving her the reason to walk away from the film even in a cameo capacity. Variety also points out “Ortega and Barrera signed on for two “Scream” movies and fulfilled those obligations with installments five and six, another source noted. They would have needed new deals for the seventh chapter.”

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In the wake of these departures, the franchise is reportedly considering a pivot back to its roots. Producers are exploring the idea of bringing back Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, a character who has been the backbone of the series since its inception. Campbell, who opted out of “Scream 6” over a salary dispute, might see a more lucrative offer to reprise her role in the wake of the recent cast shakeup.

“Scream” creator Kevin Williamson has expressed his desire to see Campbell return. Additionally, writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, responsible for penning “Scream 5” and “Scream 6,” are said to be working on a fresh draft for “Scream 7.” This draft could potentially include Campbell’s character, although negotiations have not yet commenced.

Patrick Dempsey, who made a memorable appearance in “Scream 3,” is also on the wish list for a comeback, adding another layer of nostalgia and intrigue to the film’s evolving narrative. However, similar to Campbell, Dempsey has not entered any formal negotiations.

This sequence of events has put “Scream 7” in a unique position. The franchise, known for its unexpected twists and turns, both on and off-screen, now finds itself adapting to real-life changes that could reshape its future. As the production team works towards a new vision for “Scream 7,” the film remains slated for a 2025 release, keeping the suspense alive for fans worldwide. The next chapter of this enduring horror saga is being rewritten, quite literally, and audiences are waiting with bated breath to see how these new developments unfold.

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Linda Hamilton Says She Is Done With Character Sarah Connor And ‘Terminator’ Franchise

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This may be disappointing for fans of the franchise. Actor Linda Hamilton stated in an interview with Business Insider that “I’m done. I’m done. I have nothing more to say…”. She starred in 3 of the 6 Terminator films. Check out more of what she said in the interview below.

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She stated that: “I’m done. I’m done. I have nothing more to say. The story’s been told, and it’s been done to death. Why anybody would relaunch it is a mystery to me. But I know our Hollywood world is built on relaunches right now.” (source Business Insider)

Movie Scene from The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator first debuted in 1984 and was a success. The film went on to make $78.3M on a $6.4M budget. It went on to earn a rare 100% Critic and 89% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This would lead to a sequel titled Terminator 2: Judgement Day that debuted in 1991 that was an even bigger success than the first film. It went on to make an estimated $520.9M on a $100M budget. It earned a 91% Critic and 95% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This would lead to several more sequels titled Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009), Terminator Genisys (2015), and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019). It would also produce a tv series titled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that debuted in 2008. It produced 2 seasons before being canceled in 2009.

Movie Scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Movie Scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

While this may be disappointing news, it may be for the best as the last film was a box office flop. Are you disappointed by the news and do you think that it’s best to let the franchise rest? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailer for the last film below.

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Lionsgate Reportedly Remaking ‘American Psycho’ And ‘The Dead Zone’

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This is definitely controversial news to horror fans. In a report from Dexerto, Insider Jeff Sneider tweeted that Lionsgate is looking to do a modern day American Psycho film and has interest in remaking The Dead Zone. Check out his tweets and more about the films below.

American Psycho first debuted in 2000 and was a hit with critics and audiences. It currently sits at 68% Critic and 85% Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. It went on to make $34.3M on a $7M budget. It has since gained a huge cult following. A direct to video sequel titled American Psycho 2 debuted in 2002 and was a major flop. It received an 11% Critic and 18% Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Dead Zone first debuted in theaters in 1983 and was a huge hit with critics and audiences. It went on to receive 89% Critic and 77% Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. It went on to make an estimated $20.8M on an estimated $10M budget. There would also be a The Dead Zone TV show that debuted in 2002 and was a big hit with critics and audiences as well. It went on to receive 77% Critic and 88% Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes. It would produce a total of 6 seasons before being canceled in 2007.

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Movie Scene from The Dead Zone (1983)

One thing that can ease your cravings for more American Psycho is a comic series that you can read more about here. Do you think they should remake these films or leave them alone? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailers for American Psycho and The Dead Zone below.

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Doug Bradley Wants To Play Pinhead Again In A ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Movie Adaptation

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This is exciting news for fans of the actor and the franchise. In an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting, Doug Bradley says, I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. Check out more of what he says in the interview below.

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Doug Bradley says, “I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. I’ve never said I’m retired from it. I’m sensible about these things, too. I was in my mid-30s when I first played the character, and I was just turning 50 when I played him the last time. I ain’t in that age range anymore. I’m now in my 70th year, and to some extent, I think special effects makeup is a younger man’s game.”

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Then, when talking about a movie adaptation of The Scarlet Gospels, he says “If we did that, we could maybe present an older Pinhead to be aware of the fact that I am the age I am, that time and gravity does what time and gravity does. An older, darker Pinhead would intrigue me, one not so much in love with the flippant one-liners and the witty comebacks and so forth.”

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The Scarlet Gospels is a novel written by Clive Barker that was published in 2015. It served as a continuation of his novel The Hellbound Heart and the Harry D’Amour stories. The book followed the story of the Hell Priest, the demonic Cenobite nicknamed “Pinhead”, and his efforts to gain power. Occult detective Harry D’Amour must journey into Hell to rescue his friend and stop the Hell Priest’s plans.”

Movie Scene from Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

While Bradley does state he is too old for the role, The Scarlet Gospels follows an older pinhead which would work perfectly for the actor. Are you excited about the news of him playing the character again if this adaptation happens? Let us know in the comments below.

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