The 'Scream' calamity: how a beloved film series collapsed

Why the long-running franchise may not recover after losing its leading ladies

Ghostface in 'Scream'
'Scream' stars Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega have both left the series under controversial circumstances
(Image credit: Brownie Harris / Paramount Pictures)

One of the most beloved horror film franchises is bleeding out.

Thanks to a 2022 revival, the "Scream" series has been on an upswing. But that quickly changed after its main star was fired due to social media posts about the Israel-Hamas war, and the franchise's other lead quit. The catastrophic series of events could doom the series, which is ill-suited to losing its main characters. 

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