Neve Campbell had recently announced that she would not be returning to the Scream franchise with the upcoming Scream 6 movie saying that she did not feel valued. Campbell was the original lead on Scream, Sidney Prescott, and has played the character for nearly 30 years.
“As a woman, I’ve had to work very hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream,” Campbell said in a statement in June. “I felt that the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value that I have brought to the franchise.”
Now, in a new exclusive with People, the star explains what happened behind the scenes that led to what she said was a tough decision and why she couldn’t return for the next movie.
“In my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling… feeling undervalued and feeling the injustice, or lack of justice, around that,” Campbell said. “I think it’s really important for us to be valued and fight to be valued. I honestly don’t think if I were a man and had done five installments of a hugely successful franchise over 25 years, the number that was on offer would be the number that would be offered to a man”.
Last year, Campbell returned to the franchise after 11 years in Scream 5, but also called Scream, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Although billed as a relaunch of the film series, the film is a direct sequel to Scream 4 and is the first film in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, following his death in 2015.
However, in another interview with Entertainment Weekly, Campbell said that he would return, but that the terms must be correct and fair. “I care about these movies. If they came to me with an amount that felt commensurate with the value I bring to them, I would certainly consider it,” she said. “I care about these new directors. They did a great job on the last one and I wish them luck.”
A sequel was announced in February 2022, scheduled for release on March 31, 2023.
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