The ’90s were a time of great filmmaking, and the horror genre was no exception. faces unique to each film became iconic – Robert Englund’s role as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series; Jamie Curtis Lee from the Halloween films. One woman who put on consistently strong performances throughout the ‘90s is Neve Campbell.
Campbell, the face of Scream franchise since 1996, was reported not to be participating in its sixth installation. She explained that the offer for the sequel did not feel equal value she brought for the series; therefore deciding against taking up their latest offer.
“Sadly, I won’t be making the next Scream film,” Campbell said. “As a woman, I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream. I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.”
“It’s been a very difficult decision to move on,” she continued. “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.”
The newest chapter in the Scream franchise cost $25 million to make, but it more than doubled its haul at theaters worldwide.
Actress Neve Campbell has not specified the offer she was given, but in 2020 said that she spoke with another iconic scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, saying their rewards did not compare to men’s salaries for hit franchises.
The actress said that while she did well with Scream 3, not getting a back-end deal means Campbell has been left out in the cold.
For the newest addition to the Scream franchise, Hayden Panettiere will be returning for her second outing as Kirby Reed in Scream 6. She’ll join several other stars from the latest installment, including Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and Jasmin Savoy Brown.
The iconic slasher film actress, currently appearing on the Netflix series “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is set to take a recurring role in Peacock’s Twisted Metal, joining Anthony Mackie among other big names.