SCREAM VI Directors Address Neve Campbell's Absence; New Still Spotlights Weathered Ghostface Mask

Following yesterday's trailer for Scream VI, we have a new still featuring Ghostface sporting a tattered-looking mask. The directors also weigh in on Neve Campbell's decision to leave the franchise...

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media debuted the first teaser trailer for Scream VI yesterday (via FearHQ), and now thanks to EW, we have the first official still featuring the latest incarnation of iconic serial killer, Ghostface.

As you can see, the mask looks like it's seen better days. Why is this Ghostface sporting such a worn and tattered outfit?

“It will all make sense in the context that you see it in the movie,” co-director Tyler Gillett explains. “That was another one of the really interesting risks and creative approaches in this movie. It’s meta in a different way, and the mask very much factors into that.”

“It was not an arbitrary choice,” adds co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin.

Is there a chance this guy - or gal - somehow located one of the original Ghostface masks from the first Scream movie? That would certainly explain its weathered appearance.

This will be the first film not to feature Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott, with the actress deciding to step away from the role earlier this year after what sounds like a pay dispute.

"We love Neve, and we're huge fans of Sidney Prescott," says Gillett, "but it felt like there's an opportunity to really dig into this new crop of characters, and I think people will be really surprised and pleased with how successfully this movie does that. This movie's been in our lives now for quite a while, but I think that we are still consistently surprised by how rich and how interesting and deep the relationship is between the four of them in this movie."

Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy) and Mason Gooding (Chad) are all set to return, alongside new recruit Dermot Mulroney and Scream 4 standout Hayden Panettiere as Kirby.

Courteney Cox has also been confirmed to reprise the role of Gale Weathers.

Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter. In Scream VI, Melissa Barrera ("Sam Carpenter"), Jasmin Savoy Brown ("Mindy Meeks-Martin"), Mason Gooding ("Chad Meeks-Martin"), Jenna Ortega ("Tara Carpenter"), Hayden Panettiere ("Kirby Reed"), and Courtney Cox ("Gale Weathers") return to their roles in the franchise alongside Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra and Samara Weaving.

Scream VI is set to hit theaters next March.

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