The upcoming sixth Scream movie is about to begin filming, and news has just broke that franchise star Neve Campbell, who has led the cast of all five previous Scream movies as Sidney Prescott, will not be back to face off against Ghostface again this time.
In a statement provided to Deadline today, Campbell says, “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.”
She continues, “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.”
The official synopsis: The Scream saga continues with the four survivors of the Ghostface killings as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.
As previously reported, Hayden Panettiere will make her return to the big screen as “Kirby Reed,” reprising her role from Scream 4 (2011). Panettiere joins previously announced returning cast members Melissa Barrera (“Sam,”) Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Mindy,”) Mason Gooding (“Chad,”) and Jenna Ortega (“Tara”). Dermot Mulroney has also joined the cast.
At the helm are Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Scream, Ready or Not), with James Vanderbilt (“Scream,” “Murder Mystery) and Guy Busick (Scream, Ready or Not) co-writing the screenplay. Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, and William Sherak are serving as producers. Creator Kevin Williamson and the third member of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, are executive producing alongside Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre, Ron Lynch, Cathy Konrad, and Marianne Maddalena.
Filming is set to start in early summer.
Courteney Cox has also seemed to indicate that she will be back as Gale Weathers.
Scream 6 (currently untitled) will arrive in theaters on March 31, 2023.
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