No Jenna Ortega. Melissa Barrera fired. Now Neve Campbell is back. What's going on with 'Scream 7?'

No Jenna Ortega. Melissa Barrera fired. Now Neve Campbell is back. What's going on with 'Scream 7?'
  • Melissa Barrera was fired from "Scream 7" after making comments about the Israel-Gaza conflict.

  • Then Jenna Ortega dropped out over scheduling conflicts with "Wednesday."

  • Original star Neve Campbell has now confirmed that she's back for the sequel.

Cast members have already been picked off from "Scream 7", and Ghostface hasn't even grabbed his knife yet. But Neve Campbell, who was the lead in the original movies, seems happy to make up the numbers.

Last year, Spyglass Media fired one of the franchise's lead actors, Melissa Barrera, from the sequel, before costar Jenna Ortega dropped out.

Barrera played Sam Carpenter, the daughter of the original Ghostface, Billy Loomis, in 2022's "Scream" (technically, "Scream 5") and its sequel, "Scream 6." Ortega played her sister, Tara.


Now Campbell has confirmed that she'll be back as Sidney Prescott, who she played in five "Scream" movies, after skipping "Scream 6" over a pay dispute.

The "Scream" series is one of the most lucrative modern horror franchises and has raked in $900 million worldwide since Wes Craven's first film debuted in 1996, according to The

With the sisters' fate left unknown, the sequel could focus on Sidney Prescott once again. Here's a complete rundown of the controversy surrounding "Scream 7."

Melissa Barrera was fired from "Scream 7" over her comments about the Israel-Gaza conflict, Variety reported.

Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter in "Scream 6."
Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter in "Scream 6."Paramount Pictures

Melissa Barrera has been vocal on social media about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

In one Instagram story shared in October, Barrera wrote: "I too come from a colonized country. Palestine WILL be free. 'They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds.'"

The Hollywood Reporter said that in another post, Barrera wrote: "Gaza is currently being treated like a concentration camp. Cornering everyone together, with no where to go, no electricity no water … People have learnt nothing from our histories. And just like our histories, people are still silently watching it all happen. THIS IS GENOCIDE & ETHNIC CLEANSING."

Variety reported that "Scream" production company Spyglass Media Group had "quietly dropped" Barrera from the next movie as a result of her social media activity.

In a statement, a Spyglass spokesperson told Variety: "Spyglass' stance is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech."

"Scream 7" director Christopher Landon appeared to weigh in on Barrera's firing.

Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter in "Scream 6."
Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter in "Scream 6."Paramount Pictures

Amid social media criticism over Barrera's firing, "Scream 7" director Christopher Landon appeared to respond to messages directed at him.

In a post on X, he wrote: "This is my statement: Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make."

The post has since been deleted,

Landon, best known for directing "Happy Death Day," is due to take over directing duties from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who directed the previous two "Scream" movies.

It was then reported that Jenna Ortega won't be in "Scream 7" because of "Wednesday" season two.

Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter in "Scream."
Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter in "Scream."Paramount Pictures

Days after Barrera's firing, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety separately reported that Ortega had dropped out of starring in "Scream 7,"

Variety reported Ortega won't take part due to scheduling conflicts with the second season of Netflix's huge hit "Wednesday."

The timing of the news resulted in some social media speculation that Ortega dropped out in solidarity with Barrera.

A representative for Ortega did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Following her firing, Barrera said that "silence is not an option for me."

Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter and Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter in "Scream 6."
Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter and Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter in "Scream 6."Paramount Pictures

After the news of her firing circulated online, Barrera shared an Instagram story defending her recent social media activity.

"As a latina, a proud Mexicana, I feel the responsibility of having a platform that allows me the privilege of being heard, and therefore I have tried to use it to raise awareness about issues I care about and to lend my voice to those in need," she wrote.

Barrera added: "Every person on this earth- regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status- deserves equal human rights, dignity and, of course, freedom."

"Silence is not an option for me," Barrera concluded her post.

Producers wanted to get "Scream" star Neve Campbell back after she passed on “Scream 6” due to a pay dispute.

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott in 2022's "Scream" and Patrick Dempsey as Detective Mark Kincaid in "Scream 3."
Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott in 2022's "Scream" and Patrick Dempsey as Detective Mark Kincaid in "Scream 3."Paramount Pictures/Dimension Films

In November 2023, Variety reported that Spyglass was working on a new direction for "Scream 7" and that producers hoped to bring back Campbell.

The report also claimed that the studio wanted the return of "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey played Detective Mark Kincaid in "Scream 3."

"Scream 5" implies that Sidney and Mark are in a relationship and have children.

Although Campbell played Sidney in five "Scream" movies, she turned down "Scream 6" over a pay dispute.

In June 2022, she told Variety: "Sadly, I won't be making the next Scream film. As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream."

"I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise. It's been a very difficult decision to move on," Campbell added.

Neve Campbell officially confirmed that she's returning for "Scream 7."

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Neve Campbell in "Scream 4."Dimension Films

On Tuesday, Campbell posted a photo of the "Scream 7" script on Instagram to announce that she'll be stepping back into Sidney's shoes for the seventh movie.

"It's always been such a blast and an honor to get to play Sidney in the Scream movies. My appreciation for these films and for what they have meant to me, has never waned," she wrote. "I'm very happy and proud to say I've been asked, in the most respectful way, to bring Sidney back to the screen and I couldn't be more thrilled!!!"

The star also confirmed that the original movie's writer, Kevin Williamson, will direct the sequel.

Campbell didn't say whether the film will bring back any other "Scream" costars, such as Gale Weathers star Courteney Cox or Dempsey.

Fans are threatening to boycott "Scream 7" because the studio fired Melissa Barrera.

Melissa Barrera (“Sam”) in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream."
Melissa Barrera as Sam in 2022's "Scream."Brownie Harris/Paramount Pictures

Horror fans were excited by the news that Campbell is returning to play Sidney again, but some threatened to boycott "Scream 7" because Spyglass Media fired Barrera.

They argued that while it appears the studio recognized that Campbell deserves a bigger paycheck as the face of the franchise, they believe they were trying to save face over Barrera's firing.

For now, it looks like Ghostface has a lot of work to do to make things up to fans whenever "Scream 7" arrives in theaters.

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