Neve Campbell recently caused a stir on the convention scene by telling fans at in-person meet-and-greets that she’s “handed in” the return for Scream 6. Bloody Disgusting then did some investigating, and they say the filmmakers want a “fresh chapter.” And now, Neve Campbell has issued a statement to Variety suggesting she wasn’t offered enough for the role.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be doing the next Scream movie,” Campbell told Variety. “As a woman, I’ve had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my worth, especially when it comes to 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.”
It makes sense that the producers would have used Campbell, Cox and Arquette’s cachet in Scream 5 to introduce the new, younger cast, led by Jenna Ortega, who they now want to lead the reins of the franchise into the future. A Scream movie without Campbell will certainly feel strange, but the filmmakers are now hoping that the name alone will be enough to bring fans back.
The official plot description of Scream 6 reads: “The Scream saga continues with the four survivors of the Ghostface murders as they leave Woodsboro behind and begin a new chapter.” The four survivors are; Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding and Jasmine Savoy Brown. We know Hayden Panettiere is returning from Scream 4 as she was one of the fan favorite characters. Dermot Mulroney has also signed.
2022’s Scream was just one of many sequels in recent years, such as The Matrix Resurrections, that have proved popular. Scream 5 made $140 million and earned a respectable 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. With Scream 6 coming in 2023, it’s hot on the heels of its predecessor and won’t have as much to say in terms of the franchise’s legacy. It must reinvent itself as a fresh, modern slasher to survive.
So it’s probably wise for Scream to finally step out of Sidney Prescott’s long shadow. Not that Neve Campbell won’t be sorely missed.
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