Neve Campbell QUITS the Scream franchise over salary dispute: Star says offer to return for sixth film ‘did not equate to the value’ she brought to the horror series
- Campbell, 48, has played Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream movies
- She most recently reprised the role in the reboot this year
- The actress announced Monday she will not be returning for Scream 6
- Hinted that the decision was made over a salary dispute
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 did not equate to the ‘value’ that she has brought to the hugely successful horror series.
‘Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film,’ Campbell said in a statement released Monday, effectively bowing out of the sixth installment.
‘As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream,’ she explained.
Hinting at issues surrounding her salary she added: ‘I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.’
Shocker: Neve Campbell has quit the Scream franchise, saying the offer to return for sixth installment ‘did not equate to the value’ she brought to the horror series (Pictured last month)
‘It’s been a very difficult decision to move on. 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,’ she concluded.
Campbell, 48, has played protagonist Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream movies since 1996, having most recently reprised the role in the reboot that was released this year.
The most recent revival of the movie brought back original stars Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette – and made $140million at the box office against a $24million budget.
Production for the sixth slasher film is expected to begin this summer and Cox is still attached to reprise her role as Gale Weathers.
Main attraction: Campbell, 48, has played Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream movies (pictured above with Rose McGowan in the original 1996 movie)
Cox, 57, will be joined by newcomers from the latest 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 don’t know if I am,’ adding that she ‘can’t get into it.’
In stark contrast, Cox told ET that the script for the film is ‘really good.’
‘I don’t know about contracts and where things are, but I’ll tell you in the script — it’s a really 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 a huge box office draw.
It grossed $173million in the US against a $15million budget.
A better deal? Meanwhile Courteney Cox is expected to reprise her role as Gale Weathers
Reprised: Neve is pictured in the most recent reboot of Scream – the fifth installment which was released this year
It has been reported that Campbell was paid $1,500,000 for the first movie, $3,500,000 for the second, and $4,000,000 for the third.
It is not clear how much she made from the fourth and fifth installment of the franchise, though it is commonplace in Hollywood to strike ‘back end deals’ when it comes to salaries.
A back-end deal usually sees the main 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 a huge box office draw (Scream 2 pictured above)