Neve Campbell, who first played high school teenager Sidney Prescott in the 1996 iconic film Scream, recently revealed she’s been in talks to star in the fifth movie in the horror franchise.
The 46-year-old told Rotten Tomatoes during a Five Favorite Films interview, to be published next week, “We’re having conversations. I have been approached about it.”
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“The timing’s a bit challenging because of [the ongoing public health crisis],” Campbell said. “You know, we only started the conversation maybe a month and a half ago, so it’s going to take some time to figure out how it’s all going to work out. We’re negotiating, so we’ll see.”
The directors attached to Scream 5, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, reached out to the Castle in the Ground star with “a very touching letter about [late former director] Wes Craven and how he was such an inspiration to them and how they really want to honor him,” Campbell said.
“That meant a great, great deal to me,” she added. “So, we’ll see. Hopefully, we can all see eye to eye on the project and find a way to make it.”
“I’m so grateful for these films. I love Sidney Prescott. It’s always been fun for me to step back in her shoes, and it’s always fun for me to see the cast come back and make one of these films again and try to make another good one,” Campbell said.
The actress also talked about the possibility of appearing in Scream 5 during an interview with Jake Hamilton in a now-deleted YouTube video from his channel, Jakes Takes.
“I originally had been really apprehensive about doing another Scream without Wes [Craven] because he was such a genius and he is the reason they are what they are,” she told Hamilton at the time. “But the directors who have come to me with such a great appreciation for Wes’s work, and they really want to honor it. That meant a lot to me.”
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to do it,” Campbell added.
The Scream franchise followed high schooler Sidney, who became the target of mysterious criminal in a Halloween costume only known as Ghostface. The franchise also starred Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich and Rose McGowan.
After the success of Scream, Campbell took a step back from Hollywood. In July 2018, she told Stephen Colbert that she “needed a minute.”
“In my 20s, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming,” she admitted. “I just wasn’t interested in the scripts and I was feeling a bit unhappy with the things that were coming to me and I was feeling a little bored of the whole thing and I thought, ‘I want a change.’”
The actress moved to London where she said she was “was completely anonymous there.”
“I literally did not get bothered once,” Campbell told Colbert. “People would ask me what I did for a living. I’d say, ‘I act,’ and they’d say, ‘Oh, OK.’ It was so lovely.”