2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake didn’t exactly go down well with horror fans. The revamped Freddy design was met with harsh criticism, and many fans of the thirty year old franchise have completely rejected the remake as part of the Freddy universe. It’s puzzling therefore, that just five years after near-universal protest, New Line Cinema is again rebooting the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
The remake grossed over $115 million, yet was never followed up with a sequel. Instead, Tracking Board have suggested that New Line will scrap the 2010 remake directed by Samuel Bayer and starring Jackie Earle Haley (The Watchmen) and reboot Freddy from scratch. Currently there is no producer confirmed, but Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to script. Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, which produced the 2010 remake, will not be involved in the upcoming reboot. Tracking Board explained the choice of Johnson as scriptwriter as “Johnson, who just earlier this week was announced to write Warner Bros.Dungeons And Dragons adaptation, fits the series like a glove with razors, as the former Walking Dead writer is forging a new presence in the horror space.”
Freddy certainly isn’t alone in the never-ending slew of remakes. Halloween Returns is in the works, Hannibal’s Nick Antosca is writing Friday The 13th sequel, and a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is underway.
Bloody Disgusting pointed out that the biggest barrier to having fans connect with the remake is the difficulty casting Freddy compared with other slashers who generally have fewer lines and their faces obscured. They offer the idea that a female incarnation of Kruger could give the remake the fresh start it needs. Blastr offers that the newest remake has a higher chance of success if horror veteran Robert Englund takes up the role again. Let us know your thoughts.