Scream 6 is expanding its cast with the announcement that Samara Weaving (Ready or Not; The Babysitter; Mayhem; Ash vs Evil Dead) and Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Homecoming and No Way Home‘). Previously it was confirmed that Jack Champion (Avatar: The Way of Water), Liana Liberato (The Beach House), Devyn Nekoda (Ghostwriter) and Josh Segarra (Arrow) had also joined the cast. It has recently been announced that the sequel will take place in New York City.
The four surviving stars of Scream (2022) – namely Melissa Barrera (Sam), Mason Gooding (Chad), Jenna Ortega (Tara) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy) – are returning and will be joined by fan favourite Hayden Panettiere, who was so memorable as Kirby Reed in Scream 4. Dermot Mulroney (Umma) is also in the sequel cast.
We previously reported that Scream 6 won’t feature Neve Campbell as heroine Sidney Prescott! The slasher star confirmed in an official statement to Deadline that: “Sadly I won’t be making the next Scream film.”
The actress continued: “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. 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 twenty-five years.”
Clearly, we do not know the offer that Campbell was made but given that Scream (2022) took $140,041,405 theatrically worldwide (according to Box Office Mojo) on a reported budget of $24 million, even before home media residuals, to outsiders it may seem short-sighted of the producers to quibble about her salary. Or maybe she expected a massively exorbitant fee but how much could that really be when measured against the next movie’s potential profits? We will probably never know.
Courteney Cox had already intimated that she’d be back as Gale Weathers but maybe she’ll stand in solidarity with her former co-star? Or perhaps she’s ok with what’s being offered?
Principal photography will commence this summer and the Paramount Pictures-Spyglass Media movie will be released theatrically on March 31, 2023.
The Radio Silence team’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will be returning to direct the slasher sequel with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick back on board having written the screenplay.
The third member of Radio Silence, Chad Villella, is executive producing alongside Scream creator Kevin Williamson and production company Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre.
Previously, in a press statement, Spyglass and Paramount jointly enthused: “We are tremendously grateful to the fans around the world who enthusiastically received our film. We can’t wait for audiences to see what Radio Silence, writers Jamie & Guy and Project X have in store for our Woodsboro family.” Radio Silence added: “Working with such a wonderful and talented family of creators — and in the lineage Wes and Kevin so expertly built — has been the thrill of a lifetime, and we’re so excited to bring the next chapter in the Scream saga to life.”