Sidney Prescott was originally scheduled to appear in the sixth installment of the long-running film Scream franchise, confirmed series star Neve Campbell. Campbell, who announced her departure from the series last month amid a wage dispute, was the central protagonist of the first five films. She had previously expressed concerns about even returning to the series without having creator Wes Craven on board. Craven died in 2015, just four years later scream 4. It would be another six years before the next Scream came out, marking a decades-long hiatus from the franchise. Campbell returned for the new installment along with longtime co-stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
Arquette’s character was killed off in the fifth film, leaving Cox the only one of the three to reprise her role scream 6. The film is written and directed by Radio Silence, the same filmmaking team behind 2021 Scream.
During a panel at Mad Monster Party Arizona, Campbell said, “There were plans for Sidney, and unfortunately they aren’t anymore. I am sure they will make a good film.”
That’s an interesting quote in that it not only takes the high road, but also preserves whatever she may have been told about those plot points so they can be reused in a future project, should the studio and Campbell ever come to terms again.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be doing the next one Scream movie,” Campbell announced in June amid rumors swirling around the internet. “As a woman, I’ve had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my worth, especially when it comes to film Scream. I felt that the offer I was presented with did not match the value I brought to the franchise. It was a very difficult decision to continue. To all my Scream fans i love you You have always been so incredibly supportive of me. I am forever grateful to you and for what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”
“A Scream Film without Sidney is kind of unfortunate, but I understand her decision,” Arquette told ComicBook shortly afterwards. I understand she’s still alive! she [can] Definitely going to be in future ones, but I think it’s up to the fans to request this in the future. […] It’s sudden, but it’s a business. I definitely respect her decision.”
The latest installment in the franchise grossed $141 million at the global box office and continued to do well on Paramount+. Even with an early streaming release, a pandemic, and plenty of other blockbusters to compete with, that means 2021’s Scream grossed nearly $45 million more than the 2011 gig for the franchise.
scream 6 Release is scheduled for March 31, 2023. Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding and Jasmine Savoy Brown are all expected to reprise their roles from the fifth Scream film. The sequel also recently added Dermot Mulroney to the cast and will bring back Hayden Panettiere as Kirby, her character from scream 4.