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Scream VI: Did Neve Campbell's absence change the script?
Photo: © ANP

Scream VI: Did Neve Campbell's absence change the script?

Scream VI: Did Neve Campbell's absence change the script?
Photo: © ANP

The directors of Scream VI have explained that the absence of Neve Campbell did not force an alteration of the script to a high degree.

The character of Sidney Prescott is the main protagonist of the movie series and has been played by Campbell for over 25 years, starting with Scream in 1996. Though Sidney appeared in  2022's Scream, the focus was on a new generation of characters striving to survive the murderous Ghostface.

During pre-production for Scream VI, Campbell announced she would not be returning, believing the salary offer from the studio to be inadequate considering she was a major reason for the success of the franchise.

Fans have speculated as to whether the movie would have been different if she was involved, but Matt Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett told Collider that writers Guy Busick and James Vanderbilt had already set out the "structure" of the plot around the group of heroes.

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“We found out early on in pre-production that Neve wasn't gonna do this one and there had been drafts and ideas and stuff going around, but the thing that Guy and Jamie did that was so great and really helped us is that they had created the structure of the movie that I don't think ever really changed much," the directors explained.

"Stuff like the motives, that shifted, but the movie from kind of a bird's eye view didn't change that much.” 

The Core Four of Scream VI

Bettinelli-Opin and Gillett believe that Sidney's absence actually helped the movie focus more on the group now subbed as the 'Core Four' - Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy-Brown and Mason Gooding who were introduced in 2022's Scream.

“Obviously we were super bummed when Neve wasn't going to do it, and the thing that we immediately went to was like, ‘Okay, if we're not doing this with Neve again, we have to make sure that you fall in love with these characters the way that we all fell in love with Sidney and Gale and Dewey," they said.

"So we took that responsibility really, really seriously and made sure that if we do our job right, you leave this movie going, ‘Oh, I love the Core Four and I want their journey to continue the same way that we all want Sidney and Gale and Dewey to continue.’”

Scream VI received positive reviews from critics and earned the best opening weekend box office of any movie in the franchise so far.

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