With the tumultuous few months for the franchise, Scream studio Spyglass is desperate to get its next installment rolling. The film is on the verge of getting axed with all the major casting shakeup and the resulting creative pivot.
On November 21st, news broke that Spyglass has fired Melissa Barrera from its upcoming seventh Scream movie over social media posts that the company decision-makers deemed to be antisemitic.
Sources have revealed that the firing came a month earlier, in the early weeks of the Israel-Hamas war when Barrera was highly vocal in support of the Palestinian resistance. Before firing her sources say her deal to come back as Sam Carpenter had been finalized. She was supposed to play the lead character that she introduced in 2022's Scream.
On November 22 Barrera's onscreen sister, Jenna Ortega too was reported to have had made a quiet exit from the franchise months earlier. Scheduling issues apparently made her quit but other sources say that Ortega has skyrocketed from being a child star to a supporting role in Scream to the A-list with her turn to the Netflix series Wednesday. She had asked for a larger pay for the 7th installment of the movie.
Barrera on her part had shared posts on Instagram championing the cause of the Palestinian plight. She wrote initially, "I have been actively looking for videos and information about the Palestinian side for the last 2 weeks or so, following accounts etc. Why? Because Western media only shows the other side. Why they do that, I will let you deduce for yourself. Usually, the algorithm on social media gets the gist. Well... my discover page on IG will only show me videos showing and talking about the Israeli side. Censorship is very real."
A spokesperson for Spyglass Media made the following statement following Barrera's post, 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."