Scream 7 and 4 more sequels we don't need (but we're getting anyway)

In a time where it at least feels like the majority of new releases are sequels, reboots, and remakes, we definitely don't need these movies to come out. And yet, they're happening.

Melissa Barrera (“Sam Carpenter”), left, and Jenna Ortega (“Tara Carpenter”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream VI."
Melissa Barrera (“Sam Carpenter”), left, and Jenna Ortega (“Tara Carpenter”) stars in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group's "Scream VI." /
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There are so many highly-anticipated movies coming out over the next few years, and the list is constantly expanding. After the writers' and actors' strikes concluded, we were overwhelmed by casting news and movie announcements, some good and some bad. Our favorite actors are certainly booked and busy now, but we don't always agree with their choices. While there will no doubt be awesome original films released in the years to come, along with continuations of franchises we love, there will also be unnecessary sequels, reboots, and remakes. Some stories are just better off concluded.

From Scream 7 to Fast and Furious 11 and more, here are five sequels in the works that we absolutely don't need.

Scream 7

Oh how far the Scream franchise has fallen. This is one of my favorite horror series and it's really one of the few that has not overstayed its welcome. The franchise's signature meta commentary on movies kept each installment relevant, fresh, and super fun. Scream VI came out earlier this year and I loved it — it's towards the top of my franchise ranking! So why do I not want Scream 7 to happen? I was so excited about it when it was originally announced...

Well, in case you haven't heard, the two current leading ladies of the Scream series will not return for Scream 7. Melissa Barrera, who played Sam in Scream 5 and Scream VI, was fired by the series' production company Spyglass in November after she commented on the Israel-Palestine conflict, which the company deemed antisemitic. Outrage soon flooded social media, with many people defending Barrera and disagreeing with Spyglass' interpretation of her social media posts. Soon after, it was reported that Jenna Ortega, who played Sam's half-sister Tara in the two movies, would not reprise her role either. This exit was reportedly Ortega's decision, as her schedule is too busy with filming for Wednesday season 2.

And we all know Neve Campbell exited the Scream series after the fifth installment over salary disputes. It's been reported that the upcoming sequel is "eyeing" a return from Campbell and Patrick Dempsey, though this has not been confirmed. On Dec, 23, Scream 7 director Christopher Landon confirmed he had exited the movie "weeks ago."

Despite my love for the Scream franchise, these cast exits have left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't see why we need another movie so soon when they're going to have to find a brand-new cast. Maybe we can revisit the series a decade from now, but we don't need to force it now.