Neve Campbell shocked horror fans when she announced that she would not be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott in Paramount/Spyglass Media’s upcoming Scream 6.
Campbell in an interview with People stated that she believes her offer for the sixth installment of the Scream franchise would not have come in so low if she were a man.
During the interview she stated:
“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years. And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”
“I honestly don’t believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man. And in my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling that — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around that.”
In her original statement Campbell said:
“Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film. As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream.
I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise. It’s been a very difficult decision to move on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”
Jasmin Savoy Brown told Variety shortly after Campbell announced her exit:
“I absolutely respect her for that. I think that it’s hard to be a woman in this industry and in any industry at all. If any person, but especially any woman, feels that she deserves more — whether that’s a financial situation with work, out of a relationship, out of fill in the blank — if she can walk away, I support that.”
A statement that has been echoed by several Scream alumni.
Original cast member Courteney Cox has already confirmed that she’s returning for the sixth entry in the iconic slasher franchise alongside Hayden Panettiere reprising her role from 2011’s Scream 4.￼
Several cast members from Scream (2022) are also set to return Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega will reprise their roles for the next movie.
Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda,Josh Segarra,Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori and Dermot Mulroney will also be joining the cast. Mulroney, is said to be playing a cop in the movie.
Plot details are being kept under the cloak but the companies said the new feature “continues with the four survivors of the Ghostface killings as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.”
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are returning to direct the franchise’s next installment, while James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick are back on scripting duties. Vanderbilt will also serve as a producer on Scream 6 with Paul Neinstein and William Sherak. Kevin Williamson is executive producing alongside Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre, and Chad Villella.
Fans can expect the next Scream to release in theatres worldwide on March 31, 2023.