‘Big Bad’: Christopher Landon’s First Gig Post-‘Scream VII’ Drama Is A Werewolf Horror

The biggest film story of the last few months has been the crumbling Scream franchise, which after being revived with two hit horror sequels, fired its star Melissa Barrera and saw the red-hot Jenna Ortega leave quickly after. None of this sat well with incoming director,  Christopher Landon, who also quit without having shot a single frame of Scream VII. On the way out he called the experience “a dream job that turned into a nightmare.”

A popular filmmaker after his Happy Death Day and Freaky horror comedies, Landon was never going to be out of work for long. And now we know his next project will be Big Bad, with THR reporting that Landon will direct the film based on Chandler Baker’s werewolf story about a family who must survive the night while trapped in an isolated farmhouse surrounded by werewolves. Lionsgate is nearing a deal to land the project. Baker’s story was part of Amazon’s Creature Feature horror collection, alongside a story about Joe Hill, writer of The Black Phone.

Landon most recently directed We Have a Ghost, which hit Netflix last year. Landon tends to write the movies he helms, but it’s unclear if he’ll handle the Big Bad adaptation. It’s just good to see him land on his feet so quickly, because Landon’s horror movies are always a lot of fun. He’s come a long way from his stint aboard the Paranormal Activity franchise, which he helped shepherd through multiple sequels, including 2014’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which he directed.

Travis Hopson
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