MOVIE NEWS – Scream 6 is scheduled to hit cinemas next year, but it seems some key players won’t be returning…
Ghostface’s jabbing adventures will continue in the upcoming Scream 6, and while details of the horror sequel are still largely unknown, some plot outline has now been revealed. A report from The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that Scream 6 will “continue with four survivors of the Ghostface murders leaving Woodsboro behind and starting a new chapter”.
While details are sketchy for now, Scream 6 will likely follow in the footsteps of the four confirmed cast members, Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding and Jasmin Savoy Brown, as they pack up and leave Woodsboro in hopes of a fresh start.
Unfortunately, since this is a Scream sequel, their hopes and dreams will likely come to a swift end.
Scream fans will know that the franchise has left Woodsboro, California, before. Although the town has become a staple of the series, so far, only the original film, Episode 4, and the 2022 instalment have been set in Woodsboro. It’s safe to say, whether you’re in Woodsboro or not, living in the Scream universe rarely ends well wherever you are.
In addition to the terse details about the sequel’s direction, Scream 6 also continued to introduce its supporting cast, with the addition of Young Guns and Insidious: Chapter 3 star Dermot Mulroney. The new addition is rumoured to play a cop in Scream 6, which will surely be an incredibly difficult task if Ghostface gets back into the killing game.
Scream 6 was officially greenlit back in February, and the creative team behind the fifth Sikoly outing will return to continue the horror legacy.
Not only are filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick returning, but Scream mainstay Courteney Cox will reprise her role as Gale Weathers. Not least, it has now been announced that Scream 4 star Hayden Panettiere will bring back another character from Scream’s past, Kirby Reed.
Cox has since praised the script for Scream 6. While trying not to give anything away, Cox had this to say about the script: “I don’t know about contracts and where things are, but I’ll tell you in the script – it’s a really good one. You actually have to be killed if you talk about it, so I’m not gonna say anything.”
Where has Sidney Prescott gone?
Neve Campbell has shone as Sidney Prescott since the film series began in 1996 and has since become one of the horror genre’s biggest finale girls. Fans were ecstatic to see her reprise the role in this year’s fifth Scream, but it looks like that’s the end of the line for Campbell.
According to Deadline, Campbell has officially stepped down from Scream 6. Campbell herself confirmed the news, explaining that the offer she received for the sequel was too low. Although she did not reveal any numbers, Campbell feels that she knows his worth and that the offer made to her by the Scream 6 team did not reflect her value.
“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.”
She added: “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.”
There are a handful of other characters whose characters survived the fifth Scream who have also signed on to return, as has Scream 4 favourite Hayden Panettiere. The next film will undoubtedly feature a lot of familiar faces, but one essential character is not expected to return.
Scream 6 is scheduled to hit cinemas on 31 March 2023.