Casting news is starting to trickle in for Scream 6, including the return of Hayden Panettiere as fan-favourite character Kirby. However, franchise star Neve Campbell has officially confirmed that she will not be back as Sidney Prescott for the sixth instalment.
“Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film,” Campbell told Deadline. “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.”
Campbell went on to say, “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.”
Scream 6 will be the first entry in the franchise not to feature Sidney Prescott—though from the description, it sounds like this entry will be moving away from the familiar in more ways than one. The film will follow “the four survivors of the Ghostface killings as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.”
In addition to Panettiere, the cast includes Melissa Barrera as Sam, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy, Mason Gooding as Chad, and Jenna Ortega as Tara, alongside newcomer to the franchise Dermot Mulroney (Insidious: Chapter 3). Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Scream) are once again directing, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick writing the screenplay.
Scream 6 is slated to slash into cinemas on the 31st of March, 2023.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)