Neve Campbell was questioned about a possible return to Scream (Picture: AP / Getty)
Neve Campbell has left the door open for a return to the Scream franchise.
The actress starred as final girl Sidney Prescott for the first five movies, before bowing out ahead of the sixth instalment over a salary dispute.
Shortly after Spyglass announced a seventh film was on the way, plans were thrown into chaos when Melissa Barrera was reportedly fired from her lead role as Sam Carpenter over comments she made about Israel’s war with Hamas on social media in November.
Neve was questioned over the future of Scream at a Bafta Tea event in LA, and told IndieWire: ‘It’s sad to me that they’re struggling at the moment. I would imagine that the people at the top are spinning a little bit, trying to make the right decision.
‘I think I would imagine people want to do the right thing. I would hope. I love this franchise. I love it for Wes [Craven]. I love it for all the people who’ve been involved and even the newer cast. I would hope it doesn’t fall apart.’
Neve starred as Sidney Prescott for the first five movies (Picture: Rex)
When asked if she would consider going up against Ghostface once again, she continued: ‘Given the right circumstances? Yes.
‘I made a statement several years ago, and it was the reason that I didn’t do the film at the time, and I just really felt the need to stand up and say that I don’t believe I would’ve been treated that way had I been a man carrying a franchise for 25 years, and that still stands.
‘So, if they were to choose to come back to me, that would continue to be my takeaway. We’ll see.’
Further unpacking her stance with the Hollywood Reporter, she added that she would ‘not be surprised to get a call’ from film bosses, following the backlash over Melissa’s exit
Melissa Barrera (L) and Jenna Ortega (R) will not be appearing in Scream 7 (Picture: Paramount)
‘Would I do it? There are millions of fans out there of this franchise. These movies mean a lot to people. They mean a lot to me.
‘They meant a lot to all of these cast members, and we would all love to see this franchise continue. I would hate to see it burn. So, we’ll see.’
Neve broke hearts all over the world in 2022 when she announced that she would not be reprising her role as Sidney for Scream 6, which was released in cinemas last year.
In a statement, she explained that she felt the offer she was presented with didn’t relate to what she has done for Scream over the years, having led the way ever since the original movie in 1996.
Kevin Williamson, who served as writer and producer across the franchise, later begged bosses to ‘pay her the money’.
‘I totally respect her opinion. I know exactly where she’s coming from, I know her well,’ he said in September on the Happy Horror Time podcast.
‘I love and adore her and that’s what she did. It’s right for her. I love everyone involved in Scream and all I can say is, pay her the money.
‘That’s what I would do, I would give her the money.’
Kevin Williamson previously called for bosses to pay Neve the money (Picture: AP)
Kevin also shed light on his plans for Sidney’s future had Neve returned for the latest sequel, adding: ‘Scream 6 would have been the love story of Sidney Prescott, and it would’ve been this whole thing of she’s falling in love, she’s going to get married, it’s all based around her marriage when these murders start happening again.
‘It’s like, is this man that she’s in love with the killer again? Is she Billy Loomis-ing herself all over again? Is she still making the wrong decisions? Is she still choosing the bad guy?
‘Of course, the big result was [that] it wasn’t. He was there for real. She got her happy ending. I felt like that she had gone through so much, I was absolutely determined that Sidney Prescott had overcome all of it.’
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