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After this year’s so-called “Requel” proved to be a huge success, it’s a great time to be a Scream Fan once again as Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures have expedited a sequel currently known as scream 6. With production underway in Montreal, we have a good idea of what to expect from the next chapter in the legendary slasher saga, arriving as early as next spring.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The most headline-grabbing development regarding the film is the notable absence of Neve Campbell from the project. Campbell has been there since the beginning, playing Woodsboro’s original last girl Sidney Prescott in every episode from 1996 to 2022. But that winning streak of Ghostface survival comes to an end with this entry, as Campbell has chosen not to reprise her role once more.
Campbell has been pretty candid about her reasons for saying goodbye to Sidney, so we have a good understanding of what happened behind the scenes between the veteran actress and the producers. Here’s why she won’t be back scream 6…
Neve Campbell explains her decision
After first announcing the disappointing news at a convention, Campbell released an official statement to the Scream Fandom on her exit from the new film earlier this summer. The 48-year-old actress announced that she has left the production over a salary dispute. Specific numbers aren’t known, but the star admitted she felt she was being offered well below her value. about deadline:
“I felt [it] didn’t 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.”
Campbell detailed her decision in a recent interview with PEOPLE, in which she highlighted her experience scream 6 points to a much wider gender pay gap in the industry. As Campbell put it:
“I didn’t feel like what I was offered matched the value I bring to this franchise and have brought to this franchise for 25 years. As a woman in this business, I think it’s really important that we are valued and that we fight for it.”
The absence of Campbell and the fact that David Arquette’s Dewey Riley was written out in the final film means Courteney Cox’s Gale Weathers is the only cast member from 1996’s Scream expected to appear in Scream 6. This has allowed Cox to reach an important milestone in the horror genre.
Could Campbell return scream 7?
Of course, fans are devastated to learn Campbell won’t be there scream 6. As for the reasons for her exit, some of her original ones Scream Co-stars have made it clear that they are 100% with her. Namely David Arquette and Matthew Lillard (who made a very relevant point about Tom Cruise). However, those involved in the upcoming film have yet to address the controversy publicly.
However, since Campbell hasn’t officially said she’s done with the role of Sidney Prescott and would of course have happily returned if negotiations had gone differently, it’s worth considering whether she could be cast in a role scream 7. While it’s still too early to announce another sequel, there are likely plans to expand this new wave of films into a second trilogy.
If the studio reached out to Campbell again, preferably with their tails tucked, maybe next time things could be different and a much more favorable agreement reached. While the series is clearly growing beyond its focus on Sidney, and the characters of Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega are now the focus of the story, it would be tragic if we saw the last of arguably the greatest protagonists in horror history due to something so frustrating and unfair like a wage dispute.
With a cast that includes Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori and Henry Czerny and is again directed by Radio Silence filmmakers Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin. scream 6 (or possibly scream II) will hit theaters on March 31, 2023.