Jasmin Savoy Brown’s future in the Scream franchise is up in the air after the actress said the movies’ studio, Spyglass, hasn’t been in touch about her potentially returning.
The Yellowjackets actress, who appeared in 2022’s Scream and 2023’s Scream VI, spoke to Entertainment Tonight recently about her time with the franchise and the cast’s most recent — and unplanned — reunion.
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When asked about whether she’d return for the next installment, which lost leads Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega as well as director Christopher Landon late last year, Brown shared no one had reached out to her. “I haven’t gotten a call, so I think if you want to ask Spyglass what they’re doing, you can,” she said. “I haven’t gotten a call.”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Spyglass for comment.
Brown’s statement follows the departure of Landon, who revealed on Dec. 23 that he had dropped out of the film seven weeks prior, something he said “will disappoint some and delight others” after taking a “dream job that turned into a nightmare.”
Landon was referencing the high-profile departures of two of the franchise’s leads, Barrera and Ortega. Barrera, who had finalized her deal to return for the seventh chapter as Sam Carpenter (the daughter of Skeet Ulrich’s Billy Loomis), was fired from the film sometime in October — a month before the news broke Nov. 21.
Spyglass Media released a statement attributing the decision to Barrera’s social media posts in support of Palestine and descriptions of Israel’s actions in its war with Hamas in Gaza as genocide and ethnic cleansing. In its statement, the studio characterized Barrera’s statements on as antisemitic. “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.”
Barrera, in her own statement, said she condemns “Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”
“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,” her statement continued. “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.”
News of Ortega’s departure followed just a day later, with sources telling THR her exit had come months before Barrera’s, with scheduling issues initially cited. Sources later told THR that the Wednesday star and executive producer had requested a seven-figure deal to return, commensurate with her status — and an increase from the six figures she’d received on the two previous installments.
“My heart did break for everyone involved. Everyone. But it’s time to move on,” Landon wrote on X. “I have nothing more to add to the conversation other than I hope Wes’ legacy thrives and lifts above the din of a divided world. What he and Kevin created is something amazing and I was honored to have even the briefest moment basking in their glow.”
During the interview with ET, Brown also celebrated her time with the Scream franchise and cast mates Barrera, Ortega and Mason Gooding. “I think that everything that we did, the core four, is amazing and important and should be celebrated forever. I’m glad that we got to capture that on screen and I’m proud to have four people of color in that horror film,” she said. “I’ll forever be proud of that.”
She also revealed that their headline-making reunion — also featuring Liana Liberato, Tony Revolori, Jack Quaid and Skeet Ulrich — at MPTF’s 17th Annual Evening Before Gala was “random.”
“We did not plan that,” she said. “Jenna’s my heart and soul. I’ll protect her forever. I love her. I love Melissa. I love Jack. I love Mason. It just made me happy. It was fun to see that.”
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