Neve Campbell has announced that she is leaving the Scream movie franchise after 26 years, hinting that the salary she was offered to return for a sixth film didn’t equate to the ‘value’ that she has dropped at the hugely successful horror series.
‘Sadly I won’t be making the following Scream film,’ Campbell said in an announcement released Monday, effectively bowing out of the sixth installment.
‘As a girl I actually have needed to work extremely hard in my profession to ascertain my value, especially with regards to Scream,’ she explained.
Hinting at issues surrounding her salary she added: ‘I felt the offer that was presented to me didn’t equate to the worth I actually have dropped at the franchise.’
Shocker: Neve Campbell has quit the Scream franchise, saying the offer to return for sixth installment ‘didn’t equate to the worth’ she dropped at the horror series (Pictured last month)
‘It has been a really difficult decision to maneuver on. To all my Scream fans, I like you. You’ve got at all times been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m perpetually grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years,’ she concluded.
Campbell, 48, has played protagonist Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream movies since 1996, having most recently reprised the role within the reboot that was released this yr.
Essentially the most recent revival of the movie brought back original stars Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette – and made $140million on the box office against a $24million budget.
Production for the sixth slasher film is anticipated to start this summer and Cox remains to be attached to reprise her role as Gale Weathers.
Primary attraction: Campbell, 48, has played Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream movies (pictured above with Rose McGowan in the unique 1996 movie)
Cox, 57, shall be joined by newcomers from the most recent reboot, Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy), Mason Gooding (Chad) and Jenna Ortega (Tara).
Campbell previously told Entertainment Tonight that she was unsure about returning for the sixth film saying: ‘I do not know if I’m,’ adding that she ‘cannot get into it.’
In stark contrast, Cox told ET that the script for the film is ‘really good.’
‘I do not find out about contracts and where things are, but I’ll inform you within the script — it’s a very good one,’ the Friends star said.
The 1996 original directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson was credited with reviving the slasher genre as an enormous box office draw.
It grossed $173million within the US against a $15million budget.
A greater deal? Meanwhile Courteney Cox is anticipated to reprise her role as Gale Weathers
Reprised: Neve is pictured in essentially the most recent reboot of Scream – the fifth installment which was released this yr
It has been reported that Campbell was paid $1,500,000 for the primary movie, $3,500,000 for the second, and $4,000,000 for the third.
It will not be clear how much she made out of the fourth and fifth installment of the franchise, though it’s commonplace in Hollywood to strike ‘back end deals’ with regards to salaries.
A back-end deal normally sees the important star lower their salary fee in exchange for a percentage of the box office receipts, which for something like Scream would prove very lucrative.
Campbell previously expressed doubt over returning to franchise following the death of Wes Craven who passed away in 2015.
Classic: The 1996 original directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson was credited with reviving the slasher genre as an enormous box office draw (Scream 2 pictured above)
Following news of Campbell’s departure, film critic Chris Evangelista tweeted: ‘SCREAM belongs to Neve Campbell. They ought to be paying her just about whatever she wants at this point.’
Filmmaker Julie Cohen wrote: ‘I’m too chickensh*t to observe the Scream movies. But even I do know that there isn’t a Scream without Neve Campbell.’
Elizabeth Wagmeister said ‘good for her’ and identified that horror movies are ‘generally low budget & make a killing. Curious if Neve’s statement will generate enough outrage to force the studio’s hand.’
Meanwhile, an insider claimed to The Blast that filmmakers weren’t expecting Campbell to drop out and can now have to make significant changes to the script.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are actually said to be revising the script and hoping that it is going to not be delayed, in accordance with the unnamed insider.