Neve Campbell has faced off with the Ghostface killer for the last time.
Campbell will not be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott in the forthcoming Scream 6, marking the first installment in the franchise to not feature Campbell or her iconic final girl. "Sadly, I won't be making the next Scream film," the actress confirmed in a statement.
"As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream," Campbell explained. "I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise."
Campbell is the original Scream star, making her debut in the original Wes Craven-directed Scream of 1996, which became the highest-grossing slasher ever released at the time. (A title it maintained for 22 years until the release of 2018's Halloween.) She returned as Sidney in 1996's Scream 2, 2000's Scream 3, 2011's Scream 4 and 2022's Scream.
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"It's been a very difficult decision to move on," Campbell said upon announcing her exit. "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."
This year's Scream was such a success that within a month of its release, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media announced a sixth installment in the series slated to hit theaters on March 31, 2023. Radio Silence's Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will once again director from a script by Jamie Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega will star, alongside Scream 4's Hayden Panettiere, reprising her role as survivor Kirby Reed. Courteney Cox is also expected to return as the "survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter."
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