Neve Campbell exited the Scream franchise ahead of the sixth instalment (Pictures: AP / Getty)
Scream producer Kevin Williamson has shared his hopes that Neve Campbell can return to the slasher franchise, urging film bosses to ‘pay her the money’.
The Hollywood icon starred as ‘final girl’ Sidney Prescott in the 1996 original flick, and went on to reprise her role in the following four sequels.
However, ahead of the sixth instalment, which was released in cinemas in March, the 49-year-old announced that she would be bowing out due to a dispute over her salary.
Appearing on the Happy Horror Time podcast, Kevin – who wrote and produced many of the films – was questioned on her exit, and whether we could see her in the upcoming Scream 7.
‘I totally respect her opinion. I know exactly where she’s coming from, I know her well,’ he told hosts Tim Murdock and Matt Emert. ‘I love and adore her and that’s what she did. It’s right for her. I love everyone involved in Scream and all I can say is, pay her the money.
‘That’s what I would do, I would give her the money.
She starred as the iconic Sidney Prescott in the flicks (Picture: Shutterstock)
‘I’m sure there’s a number they can agree on that will make them both happy so hopefully one day they will figure that all out, and who knows. One day.’
During his appearance, he also unpacked his plans for Sidney in the latest sequel if Neve had returned, teasing that she would have finally had a happy ending.
Well, sort of…
‘Scream 6 would have been the love story of Sidney Prescott, and it would’ve been this whole thing of she’s falling in love, she’s going to get married, it’s all based around her marriage when these murders start happening again,’ Kevin continued.
‘It’s like, is this man that she’s in love with the killer again? Is she Billy Loomis-ing herself all over again? Is she still making the wrong decisions? Is she still choosing the bad guy?
‘Of course, the big result was [that] it wasn’t. He was there for real. She got her happy ending. I felt like that she had gone through so much, I was absolutely determined that Sidney Prescott had overcome all of it.’
We absolutely need a Scream wedding at some point.
Who will Ghostface terrorize next? (Picture: Paramount)
Kevin previously opened up about the future of the franchise, revealing that he believes that Ghostface can go on terrifying film fans forever.
Speaking to Collider, he said: ‘Now [I do think it can go on]. I’ve been proven wrong repeatedly.
‘Since this last one was such a pleasure… I also think one of the wonderful things about Scream is that there’s a different killer in every film.
‘There’s [Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or Freddy Krueger], they don’t go away. And Ghostface changes with every movie, so we have an opportunity to change the motive, change the story, and we can always twist and turn it since it [the original Scream] was always meant to be a game-changer.’