Neve Campbell was pictured for the first time after remarkably revealing that she would bow to Scream 6 after a dispute over her salary.
The 48-year-old actress was pictured inside Los Angeles on Monday, as well as she revealed a statement confirming that she had left the slasher film franchise after 26 years.
Apparently coming to her defense over the decision was co-star David Arquette – who plays Dwight “Dewey” Riley in the series – as he called the situation “unfortunate”.
Slashed: Neve Campbell comes out for the first time after leaving Scream 6 for pay … as co-star David Arquette says the film “without Sidney is unfortunate”
“I’d love for her to be a part of it,” David said ComicBook.com. ‘A scream movie without Sidney is a bit unfortunate, but I understand her decision.’
‘It’s all about business somehow, they have to balance all these elements to fit a budget and produce a film. I see, she’s still alive! She [can] absolutely be in the future, but I think it’s up to fans to demand that in the future.
He concluded: ‘It’s sudden, but it’s business. I respect her decision, of course. ‘
Yesterday, Campbell effectively bowed out from the sixth episode, saying, “Unfortunately I won’t make the next Scream movie.”
Outburst: The 48-year-old actress was pictured in Los Angeles on Monday, just as she revealed a statement confirming that she was leaving the slasher film franchise after 26 years.
Support: David Arquette – who plays Dwight “Dewey” Riley – called the situation “unfortunate” (pictured above with Neve and Courteney Cox at the 2011 Scream 4 premiere)
“As a woman I’ve had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my worth, especially when it comes to Scream,” she explained.
Insinuating problems with her salary, she added: “I felt that the offer that was presented to me did not match the value I had brought to the franchise.”
‘It was a very difficult decision to go on. To all my Scream fans, I love you. You have always been so incredibly helpful to me. I am eternally grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the last 25 years, ‘she concluded.
Campbell, 48, has starred as Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream films since 1996, most recently repriseing the role in the remake that was released this year.
The film’s most recent revival brought back original stars Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette – and earned $ 140 million at the box office against a $ 24 million budget.
Production for the sixth slasher film is expected to begin this summer and Cox is still tied to reprise his role as Gale Weathers.
Cox, 57, will be joined by newcomer Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy), Mason Gooding (Chad) and Jenna Ortega (Tara).
Main attraction: Campbell, 48, played Sidney Prescott in all five of the Scream films (pictured above with Rose McGowan in the original 1996 film)
Campbell had previously told Entertainment Tonight that she was unsure of returning for the sixth film saying, “I don’t know if I am,” adding that she “can’t get into it.”
In stark contrast, Cox told ET that the film’s script is “really good.”
“I don’t know about contracts and where things are, but I’ll tell you in the script – it’s really good,” the Friends star said.
The 1996 original directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson was credited with reviving the slasher genre as a huge box office draw.
It reached $ 173 million in the United States against a budget of $ 15 million.
Repeated: Snow is pictured in Scream’s latest reboot – the fifth episode to be released this year
Better deal? Meanwhile Courteney Cox is expected to reprise her role as Gale Weathers
It was reported that Campbell was paid $ 1,500,000 for the first film, $ 3,500,000 for the second, and $ 4,000,000 for the third.
It’s not clear how much she’s earned from the fourth and fifth episodes of the franchise, though it’s common in Hollywood to make “back deals” when it comes to salaries.
A back-to-back deal usually sees the main star lower his salary quota against a percentage of the box office receipts, which for something like Scream would prove very lucrative.
Campbell had previously expressed doubts about returning to franchising after the death of Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015.
Following news of Campbell’s departure, film critic Chris Evangelista tweeted: ‘SCREAM belongs to Neve Campbell. They should pay her almost anything she wants right now. ‘
Classic: The 1996 original directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson was credited with reviving the slasher genre as a huge box office draw (Scream 2 pictured above)
Producer Julie Cohen wrote: “I’m too cocky to watch the Scream movies. But even I know there’s no Scream without Neve Campbell. ‘
Elizabeth Wagmeister said “good for her” and stressed that horror films are “generally low budget and do kill”. Curious whether Neve’s statement would generate enough anger to force the studio’s hand. ‘
Meanwhile, an insider claimed The Boom that filmmakers did not expect Campbell to leave and will now have to make significant changes to the script.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are now reportedly reviewing the script and hope it will not be delayed, according to the unnamed intern.