Scream 6 almost had to cut its best scene

Scream VI is already in theaters, and it’s making a kill at the box office, no pun intended. Fans are flocking out to see the sixth film in the series scream franchise, which some critics even call the best sequel they’ve ever released. Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) serves as the lead in the new film after contract negotiations with Neve Campbell fell through and she chose not to return as Sidney Prescott. Scream VI moves the franchise’s location to New York City and even features a wacky subway sequence that some would say is the highlight of the film. But it turns out that the subway sequence was almost cut from the film’s final edit. In a new interview with CBR, Scream VI co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and executive producer Chad Villella reveal that the subway scene was nearly shut down.

“The challenges of getting that on screen started in pre-production when we heard that we had no idea how we were going to do this in terms of getting a subway. In the back of our mind, we thought, ‘We’ll buy a subway and adjust it afterwards so that it looks good.’ Then we found out that was off the table. We tried to get some in but they were too heavy and tips. It would have cost a billion dollars. We had so many conversations about it. Thirty percent of pre-production was like, “How do we do this subway sequence?” Bettinelli-Olpin revealed to which executive producer Villella replied, “Wasn’t there several moments where we thought, ‘Maybe we should just call it quits? Then we were like, ‘Absolutely, under no circumstances.'”

“This was a testament to how great everyone on the crew was. Everyone worked together to figure out, ‘How can we get this? How can we build it? How can we create something that feels like it moves?’ This is a handshake between every department, including costumes.”Oh, we have to make 200 different costumes? Can’t they all look professional?” It’s a long way to say it was a handshake between every department, and they all exceeded our expectations. I remember when we got on set the reaction was, ‘This is just the subway. I feel like that we’re in New York,’ and that’s exactly what you want. It didn’t feel like a set. It felt like you were there,” added Bettinelli-Olpin.

The new scream newcomers Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy) and Mason Gooding (Chad) from the fifth film will return, as well as Scream 4‘s Hayden Panettiere (Kirby) and debutants Dermot Mulroney and Tony Revolori. The film will also feature longtime franchise star Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers. Unfortunately, Campbell will not be returning to the scream franchise for the first time since its inception in 1996. It has been reported that Campbell will not be returning as Sidney Prescott due to a payment slippage. In August, Campbell spoke to PEOPLE and opened up about the discrepancy in pay equality.

“I didn’t feel that what was being offered to me was equivalent to the value I bring to this franchise and have added to this franchise over 25 years,” Campbell told the magazine. “And as a woman in this industry, I think it’s really important for us to be appreciated and fight to be appreciated.” She added: “I really don’t believe if I were a man and did five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise in 25 years, the number I was offered would be the one that would be offered to a man. And in my soul I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t keep feeling that feeling — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness or lack of honesty around it.”

Do Scream VI Do you have a time jump?

Barrera recently spoke to the 20 questions about deadline podcast (via ScreenRant) and revealed when the sixth movie takes place.

“No, that’s not it [a big time jump] not at all. It’s almost right after the last one. Basically, the amount of time that has elapsed between one movie and another is the amount of time that has elapsed scream time,” Barrera explained. The new film also leaves Woodsboro and heads to New York, what Barrera recently called a “more humiliating” setting.

Scream VI is in theaters now!

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