After guiding the Scream series through two very successful sequels, Radio Silence have walked away, with Christopher Landon stepping in.
No matter which metric you use to look at it, the last two instalments of the Scream franchise have performed well commercially, reviving the horror franchise after a decade-long cinematic hiatus. The films have made money, gained a foothold with a younger generation and have received a pretty warm critical reception too.
The successful resurrection of the series is partly due to the directorial team of Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. However, with two films under their belt, the duo opted to walk away from the franchise. In their stead, Happy Death Day and Freaky director, Christopher Landon has stepped in and whilst chatting on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Landon stated that as far as he knows, their departure wasn’t due to scheduling clashes or disagreements about the direction of the next film. Instead, says Landon, they simply “wanted to do something else.”
There has certainly been some speculation that the duo dropped out of Scream 7 because of their commitment to make a vampire movie for Universal. The leading face of Radio Silence’s Scream films, Melissa Barrera, is also thought to be starring in that one, throwing into question her involvement in the next Scream film. There’s also the small matter of their Escape From New York remake that was announced earlier this year too.
Landon was pretty coy about his take on the direction for the new film, but he did say “It felt like kismet” to get the call, especially given that he enjoys a close relationship with Kevin Williamson, the author of the original Scream screenplay. We’ll let you know more on the Scream 7 and the next project from Radio Silence when we hear it.
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