Neve Campell Reveals Return to ‘Scream’ After Departing Last Film

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Neve Campell is making a return to the Scream franchise once again.

On Tuesday, the 50-year-old actress shared a photo of a script on Instagram stating, “”I’m so excited to announce this news!!! Sidney Prescott is coming back!!!!”

“It’s always been such a blast and an honor to get to play Sidney in the Scream movies,” continued Campbell. “My appreciation for these films and for what they have meant to me, has never waned. I’m very happy and proud to say I’ve been asked, in the most respectful way, to bring Sidney back to the screen and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!!”

Campbell also confirmed that Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original 1996 Scream movie, will direct the upcoming seventh installment.

Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in "Scream" (2022).
Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in “Scream” (2022). Photo: Paramount Pictures

“While I’ve been so incredibly lucky to make these films with both the master of horror Wes Craven and the wonderfully talented Matt and Tyler team, I’ve dreamt for many years of how amazing it would be to make one of these movies with Kevin Williamson at the helm,” she wrote. “And now it’s happening, Kevin Williamson is going to direct Scream 7!”

“This was his baby and it’s his brilliant mind that dreamt up this world. Kevin is not just an inspiration as an artist but has been a dear friend for many years,” she wrote.

“To the amazing Scream fans, I hope you are as excited as I am. See you on set @kevwilliamson,” concluded Campbell.


Neve Campbell in "Scream 4" (2011).
Neve Campbell in “Scream 4” (2011). Photo: Cinematic/Alamy

Williamson wrote on Instagram, “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.”

He continued, “I am overcome with gratitude and excitement, and I can’t wait to take this journey with Neve and the entire Scream family as we bring back Sidney Prescott in the next chapter of the Scream franchise. Thank you to all the Scream fans. You are the gift that keeps giving. @nevecampbell See you on set.”

Campbell first played Sidney in the 1996 film Scream and returned for each of the sequels except in the 2023 sixth entry.

Back in 2022, the actress revealed that she made the ‘very difficult decision’ not to return for the sixth film due to a contractual disagreement.

She said at the time that she “felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise” for over more than two decades.

Campbell later told PEOPLE she’d be open to returning to Scream if the offer is right.


“I don’t know that I’m done for good,” she told PEOPLE in August 2022 of any potential for a return. “It would really depend on what they came to me with next. It would have to be different. It would have to be a different attitude, and I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

“If they came to me with a number that felt right, that felt respectful, that felt in keeping with my value that I brought to the franchise, I’d be willing to consider [returning in the future],” she added at the time.

As of late, the upcoming film has experienced several shakeups and mishaps in the last few months.

As of late, Jenna Ortega dropped out due to schedule conflicts with Melissa Barrera fired from the sequel in November after the studio took issue with social media posts.

Happy Death Day director Christopher Landon was previously tapped to helm the seventh film, but in December announced that he exited the project, writing on X that the “dream job” had “turned into a nightmare.”

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