Last month, it was reported that New Line Cinema has dreams of conjuring up another remake to the late, great Wes Craven’s seminal horror classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Like most fans, I took and accepted the news with much trepidation and skepticism, especially considering the general fan consensus regarding the 2010 Platinum Dunes reboot. But look, Freddy’s been everywhere at this point. In sequels, in spoofs (FREDDY’S DEAD), to television (FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES), Craven went meta with him in the pre-SCREAM ‘NEW NIGHTMARE,’ and he’s even battled ‘FRIDAY THE 13TH’s big baddy Jason Voorhees. What else can be done with him cinematically? With respect to Craven’s most well known creation, maybe this time around, the studio will take their time and give us a worthwhile re-interpretation of the Freddy Krueger legend.
Here are the facts – The studio has tapped screenwriter David Leslie Johnson to pen the script. His previous credits include ‘ORPHAN’ (a twisted little horror film I rather liked a lot!), a few episodes of ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ and ‘MOB CITY,’ as well as ‘RED RIDING HOOD,’ ‘WRATH OF THE TITANS’ and the upcoming ‘THE CONJURING 2: THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST.’ While fans want Robert Englund to return as Freddy Krueger, it’s highly unlikely at this point as Englund himself has admitted to being “too old” to tackle the scarred villain yet again.
Rather than pull out my pitchfork though, I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic that this could turn out great. Freddy Krueger is an amazing character; one of the few cinematic villains of the last several decades that continues to be a huge part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Everyone knows who Freddy Krueger is. So if he has to return again, here’s 5 things we hope to see in the new ‘NIGHTMARE.’