In March of this year 2023, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group released the sequel in theaters Scream VI (o Scream 6) which had a good performance at the box office, accumulating almost $170 million in the global box office, in addition to a notable reception from critics.
The sixth installment of the saga Scream followed the new group of survivors introduced to the audience in Scream (2022), with legacy member Courteney Cox in a supporting role. Notably absent was the “scream queen.” Neve Campbell, who did not reprise her iconic role as Sidney Prescott for the first time in the history of the slasher franchise; her absence was due to a salary dispute with the studios.
The news about Campbell’s absence was revealed by the actress herself at the beginning of June 2022, after failing to reach an agreement with the studios, saying the following in a statement to the media:
“Unfortunately, I won’t be doing the next Scream movie.” “As a woman, I have had to work very hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream. “I felt that the offer they presented me was not equal to the value I have brought to the franchise.” “It has been a very difficult decision to move forward. To all my Scream fans, I love you. They have always been incredibly supportive. “I will be forever grateful to you and what this franchise has given me over the last 25 years.”
The horror saga that positively impacted Campbell’s career was directed by Wes Cravenand created by Kevin Williamsonscreenwriter of Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), y Scream 4 (2011), and who is involved as executive producer of the most recent installments, Scream (2022) y Scream VI (2023), both co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, members of Radio Silence.
In recent days, Williamson participated in the Happy Horror Time Podcast, where he asked the franchise executives to pay Campbell his value so that he can make his return request as Sydney Prescott to the new sequel launched, Scream 7:
“I know exactly what she means. I know her well. I love and adore her, and that’s what she did and it’s great for her. I love everyone involved in ‘Scream’ and all I can say is pay her respects.” “Yes, you all heard it. That’s what I would do. I would give him the money.”
Williamson added: “I’m sure there’s a number you can agree on that will make you both happy, so I hope one day you’ll work it out, and who knows. One day.”
With the great commercial and critical success of Scream 5 y Scream 6it was only a matter of time before Paramount and Spyglass gave the green light to a new sequel, Scream VII (o Scream 7). At the beginning of August it was confirmed that the project has been launched, and that it will not be under the orders of Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett, who due to contract issues with another film project will not be able to return, and that the one chosen to direct the sequel is Christopher Landonfilmmaker recognized for his great work in titles of the genre such as horror comedies Happy Death Dayand its sequel Happy Death Day 2Uas well as Freaky.