Neve Campbell addresses potential Scream return after "disrespectful" experience

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Neve Campbell has addressed a potential return to the Scream franchise following her recent absence.

The actor, who plays the iconic Sidney Prescott in the horror series, was absent from Scream VI following a pay dispute with producers, with the star previously stating that the contract offer did not “equate to her worth” to the series.

With Scream 7 now in the works, Campbell’s future in the series is still unclear, but she addressed the dispute during an interview on the red carpet at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival.

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“It’s a matter of principle as well. As much as I love the characters that I’ve played and the ones that I’ve had a history with, the concept of equal pay is also very important to me,” she said (via Kiss). “We’re still not there yet.

“I really do believe that the offer would have been different had I been male. I can’t prove that, but it’s the feeling I have – the way I was treated was not great. It feels disrespectful, so at what point does self-respect come into play? It always need to be there,” she added.

Whilst Campbell intimated that she would return if a suitable offer came her way, series creator Kevin Williamson recently defended the lead star and urged studio executives to reach a resolution to the dispute.

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“I know exactly where she's coming from, I know her well," he began. "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. 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,” he added.

Scream VI is streaming on Paramount+.

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