Neve Campbell leaves ‘Scream 6’ over salary dispute: ‘It doesn’t match the value he brought to the franchise’

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Scream queen Neve Campbell isn’t returning to Woodsboro for “Scream 6.”

Campbell, who plays the perennial target Sidney Prescott in the long-running horror series, will not reprise her role in the upcoming film because she felt that “the offer presented to me did not match the value I brought to the franchise.”

“Unfortunately, I will not be making the next ‘Scream’ movie,” Campbell said in a statement to Variety. “As a woman, I’ve had to work very hard in my career to establish my worth, especially when it comes to ‘Scream’. I felt the offer presented to me didn’t match the value I brought to the franchise. move on. To all my ‘Scream’ fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive of me. I’m forever grateful to you and what this franchise has given me over the last 25 years.”

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media, the companies behind “Scream,” did not respond to Variety’s request for comment.


Neve Campbell in ‘Scream 3’ by Wes Craven.
(Joseph Viles Dimension Films)

While Campbell remained vague about the offer she turned down for “Scream 6”, she had previously spoken out about fighting for fair compensation. In a conversation with Variety, Campbell and co-star Jamie Lee Curtis were candid about the payment. Curtis, despite starring in the commercially successful series “Halloween”, admitted that he “didn’t make a lot of money from horror movies”.

Campbell recalled a similar experience with 2000’s “Scream 3”, saying she “did well” but failed to get a final deal, depriving her of a cut of the proceeds. As horror movies tend to have smaller budgets, they often require fewer coins (compared to big budgets) to get out of the red.

“There’s always the promise of the backend,” Campbell told Curtis. “And then, of course, it’s drowned out in advertising and costs and all the reasons why they say, ‘Oh, not really, we don’t make the amount of money that we’re claiming we do all over the press, so no’ no I have to give you this,’ unfortunately. It was the Weinsteins.”

After successfully restarting the franchise with 2022’s “Scream”, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media have given the green light to another as-yet-untitled sequel. “Scream 6” is expected to begin filming sometime this summer. It is scheduled to hit theaters on March 31, 2023.


Neve Campbell said she knows her worth.

Neve Campbell said she knows her worth.
(Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

The latest R-rated “Scream” – which shares the same moniker as the original 1996 “Scream” – was a box office hit at a time when few films were successful ticket sales, grossing $81 million in North America and US$ 140 million. globally. That’s a frighteningly good result, as “Scream” cost just $25 million to produce.

The self-described “requel”, a kind of meta slasher-thriller, brought back Campbell, Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox and David Arquette to the sleepy town of Woodsboro, where a new assassin donned the Ghostface mask and began attacking a group. of teenagers. . “In the Heights” star Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega (“Jane the Virgin”), Dylan Minnette (“13 Reasons Why”) and Jack Quaid (“The Boys”) have joined the cast.

Cox, Ortega and Barrera, as well as Hayden Panettiere from “Scream 4,” are among the returning cast members for “Scream 6.” The next entry will follow the residents of Woodsboro as they leave their small town behind and try to start a new chapter. But it’s “Scream” after all, so chances are high that Ghostface isn’t too far away.

“I just read part of the script, and it just keeps getting bloodier and bloodier,” Ortega recently told Entertainment Tonight. “I think this is probably the most aggressive and violent version of Ghostface we’ve ever seen, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to shoot.”


Cast members, from left, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy and Wes Craven's Neve Campbell

Cast members, from left, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy and Neve Campbell of Wes Craven’s “Scream” gather at the Monsterpalooza fan convention on June 5, 2022 in Pasadena, California.
(Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are returning to direct the next bloody story, from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Murder Mystery,” “Zodiac”) and Guy Busick (“Ready or Not,” “Castle Rock”).

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