"The fact that Neve Campbell isn't getting paid her worth is straight up sexism. There. I said it," proclaimed Matthew Lillard.
update 7:15am PT 6/13/22
More "Scream" franchise stars have come to Neve Campbell's defense, after the actress revealed she turned down appearing in the sixth film after getting an offer which "did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise."
"Did Tom Cruise take less money for 'Top Gun: Maverick'? F--- no dude. So why is a woman supposed to take less?" said Matthew Lillard. "Why wouldn't you pay her more as the series goes on? Was 'Scream 5' a hit or not a hit? It was a smash hit. Did they make a s--- ton of money? Yes."
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"Should Neve Campbell be paid for the work she's done in five movies of a franchise? Yes, because she's a female lead of one of the most successful horror franchises," he continued, calling the situation "infuriating."
He later tweeted, "The fact that Neve Campbell isn't getting paid her worth is straight up sexism. I think it's horrible. There. I said it."
Jamie Kennedy also addressed her franchise exit in a video he shared to YouTube.
"This is a clear example of how twisted the system is. Sidney Prescott is the center of 'Scream.' Neve Campbell is the face of 'Scream.' Ghostface chasing her throughout the whole franchise," he said. "The franchise gets rebooted. The franchise is more popular than ever. How can you make 'Scream' without Sidney Prescott? It's her story, her POV, her pain, everything is her. She's the heroine."
"It's crazy that the people behind the scenes are not paying the money to literally the face of the franchise," he added. "It's people who weren't involved from the get-go. This is everything that's wrong with the business."
"It's crazy that the people behind the scenes are not paying the money to literally the face of the franchise. This is everything that's wrong with the business. Hollywood is full of s—. You don't f—ing support women," he continued. "Right here is your proof. She is one of the most, if not the most pure-hearted person you will ever meet. She gives herself 100% when she does something. Have you ever heard one bad thing about her? Have you ever seen her name in the news for anything? You see her in the news for her work."
If you support women, pay this woman. Pay her her worth, it’s that simple. I know the fans want to see her, I know I want to see her. Are you kidding me?
Jasmin Savoy Brown, who joined the franchise for the 2021 "Scream" and will appear in the next film, also spoke about about Neve's decision.
"I absolutely respect her for that. I think that it's hard to be a woman in this industry and in any industry at all," she told Variety. "If any person, but especially any woman, feels that she deserves more — whether that's a financial situation with work, out of a relationship, out of fill in the blank — if she can walk away, I support that."
She also said the script for the new movie "is fantastic" and the franchise will "go on in a beautiful way."
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David Arquette has "Scream" costar Neve Campbell's back, after the actress officially stepped away from the sixth film in the franchise.
On Monday, news broke that Campbell would not reprise her role as Sidney in the next movie, after getting an offer which, to her, "did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise." Her announcement came just as Arquette was in the middle of a press day for his new video game, The Quarry -- and it wasn't long until he was asked to share his thoughts on her decision.
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"I'd love for her to be a part of it," Arquette told ComicBook. "A Scream movie without Sidney is kind of unfortunate, but I understand her decision. It's all a business in a way, they have to balance all these elements to fit a budget and produce a film."
"I get it, she's still alive! She [can] absolutely be in future ones, but I think it's up to fans to call for that in the future," he added. "That is sudden, it's a business, though. I respect her decision, for sure."
He also said he wasn't all that "looped in" on the sixth movie, since [SPOILER ALERT] his character was killed off in the fifth film.
"As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream," Campbell said in a statement of her decision. "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," she added. "I'm forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years."
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Courteney Cox -- who, along with David Arquette, has also appeared in all five movies -- recently confirmed she'll return for the sixth installment, which is set to start filming this month in Canada. Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega -- who all appeared in the 2021 release -- will also be back for six.
Hayden Panettiere, whose character Kirby Reed first appeared in "Scream 4," will also return. Though she was presumed dead, Kirby was confirmed alive in a Scream 2021 Easter egg.
Per Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media, the next movie will follow "the four survivors of the Ghostface killings as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter."