Due to a compensation issue, Neve Campbell has stepped out of the upcoming Scream sequel.
In all five prior instalments of the hit horror franchise, the actor has played protagonist character Sidney Prescott, most recently in this year’s Scream.
While the third film in the franchise has already been greenlit, Campbell announced her departure from the franchise yesterday (6 June).
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“Sadly, I won’t be making the next Scream film,” Campbell said in a statement to Variety. “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.”
The actor went on to say that her fans have always been “very supportive,” and that she is “forever grateful” for what the franchise has “given [her] over the past 25 years.”
Scream was first released in 1996 and received immediate acclaim for its genre-savvy, innovative take on classic horror themes.
Parmount Pictures and the film’s directors have been contacted for comment by The Independent.
When Scream (2022) was released earlier this year, it received mixed reviews. “The latest Scream, the fifth in the franchise, doesn’t try to mend what isn’t wrong,” Clarisse Loughrey said in a four-star review for The Independent.
“It’s a little metatextual analysis served up with a generous side of guts and gore, stabbing its cake and eating it with gleeful abandon.”