In a bold shift of career trajectory, renowned director Christopher Landon, known for his work in the horror genre, has parted ways with the 'Scream' franchise. This development follows closely on the heels of significant cast changes, including the departure of Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega from the series.
Landon's exit marks a turning point in his illustrious career, as he now embarks on a new venture with the upcoming film 'Big Bad' Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, 'Big Bad' emerges as Landon's first project post-'Scream VII'
The film is currently in the early stages of discussion, with Lionsgate poised to acquire the package. Based on a short story by Chandler Baker, 'Big Bad' promises to be a gripping addition to Landon's repertoire of suspenseful narratives.
Landon's decision to leave 'Scream VII' came as a surprise to many, especially considering his initial announcement as the director of the latest installment in August 2022. However, just three months into the role, the landscape of the project changed dramatically.
The departure of lead stars Barrera and Ortega was a pivotal factor in Landon's decision, as he expressed in a candid tweet.
Landon's New Horizons
"I guess now is as good a time as any to announce I formally exited Scream 7 weeks ago," Landon revealed on social media.
"This will disappoint some and delight others. It was a dream job that turned into a nightmare. And my heart did break for everyone involved. Everyone. But it's time to move on." The upcoming 'Big Bad', under the production banner of Todd Lieberman and Hidden Picture, offers a thrilling narrative centered around a family's harrowing ordeal in an isolated farmhouse, besieged by werewolves.
This plot, part of the horror anthology 'Creature Feature', which boasts contributions from authors like Joe Hill, hints at the eerie and suspenseful direction Landon is taking. While details about 'Big Bad' remain under wraps, the project is undoubtedly a significant step for Landon.
It not only marks his departure from the 'Scream' series but also heralds a new chapter in his career, one that his fans and horror enthusiasts eagerly anticipate. As Landon turns the page, the film industry watches with bated breath, waiting to see what this master of horror will conjure up next in his cinematic cauldron.