The latest Scream 6 news has to be the most rage-inducing and downright stupid development ever. Reportedly, Neve Campbell will not be reprising her role as Sidney Prescott, which is some Grade A bullshit.
And trust us when we say it’s bad on multiple levels. In the first place, the Scream franchise is Sidney Prescott’s story. Everything relates back to her. Or, well. Actually, it’s Sidney, Dewey, and Gale’s story. But, of course, they already did Dewey dirty in the latest sequel—literally the one part that sucked—so…It was down to just Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers.
But, wait! It gets better (worse)! Want to know what the reason for our Sidney-less random slasher sequel is?
Because evidently, they didn’t want to pay Neve Campbell—didn’t want to pay Sidney Fucking Prescott—what she was was worth. To star in a sequel, for a franchise, that would be nothing without her? That’s…that’s where we’re at now?
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s her quote as reported by Deadline:
“‘As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream,’ the actress says about her turn in the $744M-plus grossing global franchise, ‘I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise.'”
No, but I know y’all are kidding me. If you can’t pay Campbell what she’s worth for Scream 6 after all these years, what woman can expect to get paid? Good on her. Quite frankly, we’ve never respected our girl more. When she gets labeled “difficult” for this, that’ll just mean she’s succeeded at not taking anyone’s shit.
Considering the teases about blahblah lots gorier, more blood, etc. (which was never quite the point of the Scream movies anyway), we guess they couldn’t pay the person who’s carried five movies on her back what she was worth because they needed an unlimited fake blood budget. Cool.
But hey! At least we won’t have to see Sidney Prescott butchered in Scream 6 like we were forced to see with Dewey in Scream (2022). At least there’s that. The whole thing kind of makes us wonder what made Courteney Cox want to return, but eh. Gale without Sid and with Dewey already dead?
…We won’t be rushing to see this one in the middle of a pandemic. That’s for sure.
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