Kirby is officially back. Hayden Panettiere returns to the “Scream” universe for the sixth film, marking the first time audiences have seen his character, Kirby Reed, since he was left for dead in 2011’s “Scream 4.”
However, he could be back soon – if the producers could track him down.
“We’re like, ‘Where’s Kirby?’ We haven’t found him. He doesn’t have an agent. He just kind of disappeared,” executive producer Kevin Williamson said. diversity. When she began filming Season 2 of “Tell Me a Story” in Tennessee in 2019, she met crew members who worked with Panettiere on “Nashville.”
“I called my producer in Nashville and said, ‘Do you know Hayden Panettiere, by any chance? Because we can’t find him!’ “Oh yeah, let me call him,” Williamson said. “And then they called back and it was like, ‘Okay, found him!'”
Of course, Williamson, who wrote “Scream 2” and “Scream 4” in addition to the original “Scream” film, remains tight-lipped about what Kirby’s role is in the new film: “There’s been a lot of speculation about what his involvement in the movie is. And I love it. We should let it live up to the movie.”
The first four “Scream” movies were directed by Wes Craven, who died in 2015. Matt Bettinelli-Wolpin and Tyler Gillette, who directed the fifth film in 2022, return for the sixth film. Screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick wrote the screenplay.
The sixth entry is the first to be located in New York City instead of Woodsboro – which was a bit of a concern to Williamson at first.
“I’ll be honest! I was like, ‘How is this going to work if we take small town America out?’ I was just worried that everyone was going to go, ‘Oh, Ghostface takes Manhattan! It’s going to parallel Jason,'” he says.
Once he read the script, it changed.
“New York is really the backdrop, the setting for it, and it’s wonderful. They bring New York into it in a really fun way, but, basically, it’s the story of these two sisters and their friends and how they try to move from a small town to a big city. By doing, trying to get along with their lives and put the past behind them,” he says. “It’s knocking on their door again, but this time in a big, huge way. The movie feels much more emotional to me. You connect with the characters very deeply. Fear and Ghostface are brutal. They’ve stepped it up and turned it up a notch. I’ve seen it so many times now and every time I discover something new in it.”
Williamson added that he really loves the team behind the film, noting the “real people” behind the universe: “They’ve got Wes Craven’s DNA in them now and it’s running with them and I love those guys. I’m glad they kept me involved. I’m Thrilled to be a part.”
Melissa Barrera, Jasmine Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega and Courteney Cox all reprise their roles in the sixth movie. New cast members include Dermot Mulroney, Henry Cherney, Samara Weaving and Tony Revolori.
Neve Campbell, who starred in five of Sidney Prescott’s movies, will not return because he was unhappy with his proposal. In June 2022, Campbell said in a statement, “I did not feel that what I was being paid was commensurate with the value that I brought to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise for 25 years.” And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”
“Scream 6” will debut on March 10, 2023.