Scream 7 Back With Neve Campbell and Series Creator Directing

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

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Neve Campbell took to Instagram today to confirm her return as Sidney Prescott in the next installment of the iconic Scream franchise. Titled Untitled Scream 7 for now, the film will see Campbell reprising her role under the direction of original Scream writer, Kevin Williamson.

No Sidney In Scream VI

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Campbell’s absence from the sixth installment, which premiered last year, stemmed from a pay dispute. However, despite turning down an appearance in the last movie, the actress recently mentioned how she would return for Scream 7 for the right price. It looks like the studio was willing to dish out Campbell’s expected rate as the actress is officially on the call sheet.  

Campbell Takes To Social Media

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Campbell expressed her enthusiasm for returning to the beloved role in Scream 7, stating, “It’s always been such a blast and an honor to get to play Sidney in the Scream movies.” She also emphasized her deep appreciation for the series and the significance it holds for her.

A Huge Reunion

The news of Campbell’s return marks a significant moment for the franchise, especially since her last appearance as Sidney Prescott was in 2022’s Scream, which served as a reboot for the series. Another significant moment is Williamson’s return to the franchise. As the series creator and writer of the original Scream, Scream 7 will be the first in the franchise that Williamson will direct.

Addressing her collaboration with Williamson in Scream 7, Campbell revealed, “I had dreamt for years of making a Scream movie with Williamson at the helm.” Williamson himself expressed his surprise at the franchise’s enduring legacy, stating, “It’s been nearly 30 years since my very first script, Scream, was directed by the legendary Wes Craven. I never would have predicted what it would become. Or that I would be directing the seventh installment of the franchise.”

The New Writer

The script for Scream 7 is penned by Guy Busick, who takes over from James Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt, currently occupied with directing Nuremberg, will continue to produce alongside his Project X Entertainment partners William Sherak and Paul Neinstein. Radio Silence is on board as executive producers.

Production Setbacks

Scream 7 encountered some setbacks in recent months, with star Melissa Barrera being replaced due to comments made on social media about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Jenna Ortega also left the project due to scheduling conflicts, followed by director Christopher Landon’s departure. According to reports, it’s thanks to these departures that Campbell’s salary requirements were met as the studio wanted to launch the next installment with a big franchise name like hers.

Now, with Neve Campbell’s confirmation, the production is set to regain momentum. Despite Campbell’s return, an official release date for Scream 7 has yet to be announced.

Waiting For The Money To Roll In

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Following the success of the franchise’s 2022 relaunch and the subsequent Scream VI, which broke records with its box office gross, expectations are high for Scream 7. The sixth installment raked in $108.1 million domestically and $168.9 million globally, surpassing the original’s box office figures. The entire series has grossed over $900 million at the box office, meaning that if the next installment does as well as its predecessors, Scream is about to become a billion-dollar franchise.