Scream VI Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and writer James Vanderbilt open up about how Yelling icon Neve Campbell’s decision to leave the film affected the story.
When asked this different as to whether Campbell’s departure from the movie changes any major story arcs, the filmmakers explained that the actress’ departure did not cause any major issues.
“This was always the story we wanted to tell, which is exciting that we got to do it. The story of Sam and Tara’s sister was always something we wanted to be front and center on,” said Vanderbilt. “We love Neve and thought he was amazing and had a great experience with him 5. She has to do what she has to do as a business woman and we fully support that.
“That happened early in the process. Credit to the script, which was structurally sound and changed very little. There was no big pivot,” Gillett said. We know that if anything, without that character, we need to dig deep into the core four and make relationships matter in an emotional way. The goal is to try to make a connection between those characters and the audience the way we made the connection with Gale, Dewey and Sid. At the end of the day, it’s just about having the time and the real estate of your story to really dig in. But no, it’s not a drastic dramatic pivot. “
Bettinelli-Olpin also confirmed that no reshoots will have to be done as a result of the change, as happened in pre-production.
“And there are no reshoots, because it’s all pre-production,” the director explained. “I mean, we panicked, because we lost our minds. We said, we don’t know what we are shooting. Gillett followed up, saying, “We’re preparing two versions of one movie.”
Finally, the group was asked how Sidney, Campbell’s character, ended up in New York in the original script, to which Vanderbilt simply said, “Yeah, I don’t want to talk about woulda-couldas.”
Scream VI Featuring the return of franchise vets Courteney Cox and Hayden Panettiere as well as several returning cast members from 2022’s Yellingincluding Melissa Barrera (life), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Mason Gooding (Booksmart), and Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers).