Could The New Scream Exist Without Neve Campbell?

When Halloween was resurrected in 2018 with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode–after a two-movie reboot series–it left horror fans aching to see their favorite scary movie heroines back on the big screen. Still, when it was announced a new Scream film would be made without the inclusion of franchise director Wes Craven, due to his death in 2015, many wondered if series star Neve Campbell would return.

Thankfully, she did–along with Courteney Cox and David Arquette. In fact, if not for the original trio returning, chances are we wouldn’t be seeing a new screening movie. When asked by GameSpot if this movie could exist without the stars of the first four films, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett were quick to note that it wouldn’t have been possible.

Still, that doesn’t mean the trio was necessarily on board from the beginning. “In our mind that never existed and the scripts we read had written such fully formed wonderful versions of where they’re at now, that we didn’t know what that movie would be,” Bettinelli-Olpin explained. “And to be honest, we never even thought about it. We just kind of made it our mission to try to figure out and do everything we could to hopefully get you to know, David and Neve and Courteney to come back.”

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Author: Chris E. Hayner