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Scream Star Neve Campbell Will Return for Part 7 Instead of Ortega and Melissa Barrera

The popular slasher franchise Scream is entering its seventh film. Even though the cult first part was released almost a third of a century ago, and the tastes of the audience have changed greatly, the fifth and sixth parts of the series showed very good financial results. Therefore, back in February 2023, there were rumors about the release of the seventh film. And now it has become known that work on the script has been completed, and in the cast, we will again see the star of the 5 of 6 Scream films: Neve Campbell.

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More details about the seventh Scream

After enduring a stream of disappointing updates about the Scream franchise for what seems like ages, there’s finally a glimmer of good news. Neve Campbell, who declined the opportunity to reprise her iconic role as Sidney Prescott in the latest (sixth) installment due to an unacceptably low pay offer, has taken to social media to announce her return for the seventh film. What’s more, longtime franchise producer and original writer Kevin Williamson is stepping into the director’s chair for the first time.

Despite its promising prospects, the yet-to-be-officially-titled Scream VII has faced its share of challenges. Following the releases of 2022’s Scream and last year’s Scream VI, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett moved on to other projects. Additionally, star Melissa Barrera was let go after making outspoken comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict, while Jenna Ortega exited the project for reasons that seemed too convenient to ignore.

Christopher Landon, initially tapped to helm the new movie, also departed, citing a turn of events that transformed his dream job into a nightmare. Campbell’s return is bound to inject much-needed energy into the franchise, and Williamson, the creative mind behind most of the original four films, is undoubtedly viewed as a reliable choice to lead the way.

“I’m thrilled to bring Sidney back to the screen in the most respectful way possible!” 

Campbell expressed in her statement. “While I’ve been fortunate to work with the horror master Wes Craven and the talented Matt and Tyler team, the prospect of collaborating with Kevin Williamson, the visionary behind this world, has always been a dream of mine.”

Scream VII, scripted by returning writer Guy Busick, who penned the two most recent films, has yet to confirm its release date or the return of recent stars like Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, or Campbell’s fellow franchise veteran Courteney Cox.

Barrera and Ortega exited from Scream 7

The departure of Barrera and Ortega from Scream 7 last year threw the future of the beloved horror series into uncertainty. However, Campbell’s Instagram post on Tuesday (March 12) brought a sense of relief, as she expressed her excitement about reprising the role of Sidney Prescott.

“It’s been an honor to portray Sidney in the Scream movies,” she shared. “My love for these films and what they represent to me has never faded. I’m thrilled to bring Sidney back to the screen in the most respectful way possible!”

Barrera’s dismissal from the franchise last year stirred controversy after Spyglass, the production company behind Scream, severed ties due to her social media comments. Ortega’s exit, attributed to scheduling conflicts, was confirmed shortly thereafter, and original Scream 7 director Christopher Landon’s departure in December 2023 cast further doubt on the project’s future.

In addition to Campbell, we may also see Patrick Dempsey, who played Detective Mark Kincaid in Scream 3, again on screen.

Some South African bookmakers accept bets not only on sporting events, but also on films: for example, release dates, plot, cast, and Oscar awards. Some of the bets may be added to the upcoming Scream. There are no exact release dates for the seventh film yet, but according to the magazine Variety, you shouldn’t wait until 2025.