The director of the films ‘Happy Death Day’ and ‘Freaky’, Christopher Landon, is set to direct the next installment in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ horror franchise. He takes over directing duties from Radio Silence, the filmmaking collective that helmed the previous two ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies.
The horror franchise Scream is continuing with a seventh installment. Spyglass Media Group has hired director Christopher Landon to helm the next Scream movie. Landon has experience in horror films, having directed the Happy Death Day movies and Freaky.
Landon will take over directing duties from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo known as Radio Silence. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett directed the 2022 Scream movie that rebooted the series, as well as Scream VI which was released in March 2023.
The new Scream movie will mark the seventh installment in the long-running slasher franchise. Plot details are still unknown, but with Landon as director, fans can likely expect another frightening and thrilling entry in the Scream series.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are stepping back from directing the new Scream movie in order to focus on an original horror film for Universal Pictures. This is partially due to the ongoing actors strike in Hollywood. The duo will stay on the Scream franchise as executive producers, along with their creative partner Chad Villella.
The last two Scream movies, released by Paramount Pictures in 2022 and 2023, earned $137.7 million and $168.9 million worldwide respectively. They introduced younger cast members like Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and Mason Gooding to the slasher franchise. These actors are expected to return for the seventh Scream, pending deals that are on hold due to the strikes. Ortega’s deal will be especially noteworthy, since she became a major star thanks to her breakout role in Netflix’s Wednesday.
The writer(s) for Scream 7 is still undetermined. Previous installments were written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, but Christopher Landon also has screenwriting experience. Script plans are stalled until the conclusion of the writers strike. Paramount is likely to distribute the next movie.
The Scream franchise was created in 1996 by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. It featured the killer Ghostface and meta-commentary on horror movies. Landon recently directed We Have a Ghost for Netflix. His hiring indicates the next Scream will deliver more scary thrills for fans.