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Why Neve Campbell Will Not Be in Scream 6


This Scream Queen Won’t Be Right Back

Scream fans were slashed with the grim news that their favorite Scream Queen and heroine of Wes Craven’s franchise, Neve Campbell, will not be returning for Scream 6 as Sidney Prescott. 

“Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film,” Campbell said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “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.”

In her explanation, Campbell hinted at a financial dispute between her and the studio, mentioning her “value” and “the offer” that Scream 6 provided. 

“As a woman, I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream,” she explained. “I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.”

The Craft alum’s announcement comes just months after she confirmed receipt of the sixth installment’s script. However, Campbell sounded a little reserved about the upcoming film even at that time. 

“I’ll read the script and see how I feel,” she told People

This wasn’t the first time Campbell has discussed her earnings from one of horror’s most famous franchises. In a past interview, she and Halloween heroine Jamie Lee Curtis discussed the pay gap that women typically face. 

“There’s always the promise of back end,” Capmbell told Variety, referring to an actor’s expected pay cut. “And then, of course, it’s drowned in publicity and costs and all the reasons they say, ‘Oh, actually no, we didn’t make the amount of money that we’re claiming we made in all the press, so that we don’t have to give you that,’ unfortunately.”


Since Campbell’s heartbreaking statement, countless Scream fans have reacted as well — most of whom are standing by the Lincoln Lawyer TV star for her choice. Not only that, but many others are also threatening to avoid watching the sequel. 

“If Neve don’t want it, I don’t want it,” one fan commented under an Instagram post announcing Campbell’s decision. “Give her what she wants, she’s earned it,” another wrote, whereas several more even claimed that the future flick “will be a flop” without her. 

While the current cast of Scream 6 hasn’t publicly reacted to the loss of their heroine, sidekick David Arquette — whose character, Dewey Riley was killed off in 2022’s Scream — spoke about Campbell’s departure. 

“I’d love for her to be a part of it,” Arquette told Comicbook.com. “A Scream movie without Sidney is kind of unfortunate, but I understand her decision. It’s all a business in a way, they have to balance all these elements to fit a budget and produce a film. I get it, she’s still alive! She [can] absolutely be in future ones, but I think it’s up to fans to call for that in the future.”

Despite Campbell’s absence from the film, another famous face was announced to be returning: Hayden Panettiere. As fans predicted, Panettiere’s character, Kirby, didn’t actually die in Scream 4, so she’ll reprise her role. 

In addition to Panettiere, the new generation cast members Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are set to return. And this time, they will be away from Woodsboro for a fresh start (perhaps a concept similar to Scream 2 when Sidney left for college), only to come face-to-face with another Ghostface again 

The untitled Scream sequel is scheduled for a March 2023 release date. 


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Elisabeth joined Dead Talk News in 2022 and loves movies and TV! After working for various sites, including Screen Rant and Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Elisabeth joined DTN to critique and review various movies, from horror flicks to Disney live-actions.