The Scream Franchise

I only see Gale being in trouble trouble in a potential 7th installment. The way Dewey's death brought her and Sidney back to Woodsboro, Gale's the only connection Sid would have to the current cast (unless she's personally attacked... again).
 
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I think it could be interesting to have Ghostface who doesn‘t go after Sidney.

Although maybe Ghostface wants to go after Sidney towards the end but is stopped.
 
If Neve doesn't return for any of them, I feel like 5 did send her off well.
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I agree. I personally didn't want Sidney in at least 2-3 sequels so they could focus on the other characters and bring Sidney back once her kids are teenagers and can be targeted by Ghostface. Basically, let the requel develop it's characters, then bring Sidney back for her own trilogy. I feel like it would cause more excitement for fans because they'd have a chance to miss her.

I would've preferred that to them trying to shoehorn her into this film and low balling her like they did.
 
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I'm just wondering how they will address her not being in the movie. Will Gale text her ala Samantha in the new Sex and the City?

Gale: Hey Sid. Ghostface is back.
Sid: Goodluck bitch! Luv ya xoxox

Actually Vieweranon (who is pretty reliable) just talked about this:

Gale explains to the others why Sidney can‘t help and the reason makes perfect sense.

Maybe she is somewhere far away travelling.
 
I hope that after the film is released the directors/writers let us know how she would’ve fit into the film had Neve signed on.
I'm inclined to believe what we heard initially - that she was only due to appear for a stinger right at the end, where she either answers a Ghostface call, or is attacked and it's left on a cliffhanger.

I read a story the other day (but I can't find it now) where Neve talks about her regret at also accepting a low pay offer for Scream 5 and how she wishes she hadn't done that, and she was unhappy filming it because she knew she was worth more. I hadn't see her talk about the last movie like that, and was disappointed. It's a shame she's feeling this way but it's not a good look for the team to have her out there talking about this like that. If they'd just coughed up the relatively small number she'd have been asking for, she'd have helped promo the movie and having her appear at the end and be a bridge to the next movie would have got people in.
 
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I personally am looking forward to a Scream movie that doesn't center around Sidney. As much as I enjoy the character I think she needs a break and it does feel like the right time to try and offer the fans something different and original. Scream 4 & 5 were fun movies but were too much about telling the same old story and I think the only way to really breathe new life into the franchise is by taking risks, even if it upsets the fans initially hopefully the payoff will be worth it.
 
But....the only real way to have a completely Sid-free Scream franchise is to kill her. And, honestly, I think that would kill the franchise too.

Otherwise, she'll always be connected to it and people will always want her back and nothing will ever be as good as if they'd just brought Sidney back again. She'd need an actual end for this to move on completely without her. Sid and Ghostface (and now Gale I'd argue) just go hand in hand.
 
It would be cool if the killer/a were trying to "get to" Sidney throughout, especially via threatening/ stalking Gale but no one will let up where she is.
 
I'm inclined to believe what we heard initially - that she was only due to appear for a stinger right at the end, where she either answers a Ghostface call, or is attacked and it's left on a cliffhanger.

If those rumors are true, I wish Paramount looked at the backlash and value she has and secretly resolved it. They could easily pull a Patrick Duffy on Dallas and film her scene separately in a completely different location. It would be a huge surprise for fans, on the level of a Marvel surprise. I wouldn't even include it in test screenings or promo and just surprise people when it is released.

I also think a big cliffhanger like that would go a long way towards building anticipation for Scream 7.
 
But....the only real way to have a completely Sid-free Scream franchise is to kill her. And, honestly, I think that would kill the franchise too.

I'm pretty sure there are many others, like myself, who would enjoy a Scream movie without Sidney. I don't honestly think the franchise would die off without her. They just need to be clever but introducing and developing other interesting characters for you to route for.

Halloween 4 was a surprise hit at the time, despite not having Jamie Lee Curtis in (and basically killing her off, off screen) and fans enjoyed the new characters they introduced, before messing it all up in the subsequent sequels.

It can be done. If anything, I think the best way of killing a franchise is to play it safe and predictable.
 
I'm pretty sure there are many others, like myself, who would enjoy a Scream movie without Sidney. I don't honestly think the franchise would die off without her. They just need to be clever but introducing and developing other interesting characters for you to route for.

Halloween 4 was a surprise hit at the time, despite not having Jamie Lee Curtis in (and basically killing her off, off screen) and fans enjoyed the new characters they introduced, before messing it all up in the subsequent sequels.

It can be done. If anything, I think the best way of killing a franchise is to play it safe and predictable.
As much as I'd like to agree, I don't think they're entirely comparable. Halloween 4 made $17m worldwide. Even adjusting for inflation, that's $40-something million. That's what Scream aims for in opening weekend.

Low budget horrors like that could do something different and didn't need to make a fortune to recoup some cash, but nowadays it costs more to make them and they need to make more back. I don't think Scream will have the same appeal, to pull in over $100m consistently, without Sid v Ghostface. Studios are so quick to cancel a franchise when it starts to lose money, and I wouldn't want to see Scream become a low-rent, generic slasher.
 
If they lean in on Jenna Ortega, I do think she could keep the franchise moving. Hell, Wednesday just surpassed Stranger Things as Netflix's most watched show and she gained 10 million instagram followers in a week. Now this is dependent on the creatives taking note of her popularity in 5cream and not killing her off.

The biggest issue I feel is how they screwed things up with low balling Neve. Had they announced Sidney was going to be rested for this film so the character can enjoy her life for a while I don't think the reaction would've been as bad as them low balling the face of the franchise.
 
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