Anyone remember the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot starring Jackie Earle Hayley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, and a very brief scene by the hunky Kellan Lutz? Well following the rather poor performance at the box-office, the bastard of 100 maniacs, Freddy Krueger, disappointingly went back to sleep. However Tracking Board is reporting that “The house that Freddy built,” New Line Cinema, is developing a new take on the film.
I’ll be straight up I loved the series since the first one scared the shit out of me as a child in the 80s, the 2010 film while it may have had the best intentions to bring Freddy back to life for a whole new generation may have fallen short. I did see a lot of potential and held the brief hope that they would have gone ahead with the planned sequel. So this news does excite me.
It is being reported that David Leslie Johnson (Orphan and The Walking Dead) will write the script for the new film, with Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter overseeing the project for New Line Cinema. Already that sounds a little promising.
Don’t get me wrong I thought Jackie Earle Hayley in the 2010 film did a pretty good job as the new Freddy, but the fact was he just wasn’t Freddy the world was wanting. Robert Englund played the iconic slasher from Wes Craven’s original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street through the entire series, concluding with 2003’s Freddy vs Jason.
If you ask me, the biggest hurdle New Line Cinema is going to be facing once more is finding a new Freddy. The reboots of horror films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween saw new actors play the iconic slashers, this was because it’s really pretty easy to throw a new face behind a mask. With the Elm Street series things are a little harder. This is because ultimately Freddy isn’t hidden behind a mask, he’s probably the one slasher in horror film history with personality. Not to mention that vital look of burnt decayed skin often associated with the character, that in the 2010 film seemed to have missed the mark.
No one is going to play Freddy better than Robert England, he simply owns the role. The only way they’re going to pull it off is have someone that can bring forward something that sparks the nostalgia of the original and also brings something new to the table… oh and a better makeup job than the 2010 film.
There’s so much mythology behind the character that has often only been barely touched in the series due to the studio’s interference for the sake of making a slasher film that you can go take a date on. If they want to revitalise fan’s faith in the franchise and also reach a whole new generation of fans, then screw it, go hard or go home! Make the R-rated film that will have your date screaming well beyond the movie is over, make us be petrified to the point that when we’re home alone the slightest sound of a tree against a window sends shivers down our spines. That’s the Freddy Krueger the modern world deserves!
Here’s hoping David Leslie Johnson writes something awesome and they get a decent director. I am often very vocal about my distaste for reboots, but with a character as iconic as Freddy Krueger, I find myself asking do I want Freddy to say dead forever? HELL NO! Just don’t fuck it up…again.
What are your thoughts?