While the thought gives some nightmares, many horror fans are eager to see the iconic slasher franchise receive a proper reboot (we’ll just pretend 2010 never happened)
It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to see Freddy Krueger on the big screen. There had been rumors of another remake of Wes Craven’s razor-gloved terror, but we hadn’t heard anything new on the project in a while. Thankfully, the silence has finally been broken, and it turns out followers of Wes Craven’s iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street series still have a lot to look forward to. It turns out that the second reboot of the venerated franchise is still coming and should boast some impressive names behind it.
The last time studios took another stab at resuscitating the friendly phantasm was in 2010. The remake put Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Krueger, and while Haley did an admirable job in the role, the film didn’t fare well with critics. There are no reports of who might slip on Freddy’s glove this time around, but we do know who’s going to be scripting the project. It’s been confirmed that David Leslie Johnson is attached.
Johnson is best known with his work on The Conjuring movies. Given the success of The Conjuring, Johnson has his hands full while New Line plans to further expand that universe, meaning Elm Street is likely being put on the back burner for now.
We might not know who will be playing Freddy, but there’s been plenty of juicy gossip on one potential actor. A while back it was reported that Kevin Bacon was interested in the role, although we’re not going to get our hopes up just yet. It’s clear that the franchise has moved on from longtime actor Robert Englund. And the remake was so poorly received, they’ll likely distance themselves from Haley (despite his excellent work).
The classic horror franchises of the ’80s continue to be popular with new generations today, and this is particularly true for their biggest monsters. There are a number of reboots currently in the works, including a new Halloween adaptation, and young generations are clearly hungry for the properties. Furthermore, a lot of these classic villains are being revisited through another popular medium: video games. This summer, the hockey-masked homicidal maniac Jason Voorhees became the star of his own title, Friday the 13th: The Game, that has been massively popular. The game was the top download for the PS4 in June and had received surprisingly strong reviews.
And Jason isn’t the only one coming to terrorize your computer. A Nightmare on Elm Street has also made is own forays into gaming. One of the most popular is a licensed slot reel spotlighted in a review for a popular gaming platform. It’s a creepy take on the classic casino game that spooks out players with iconic pieces from the film included on the reels and scenes from the movies interspersed throughout. The game speaks volumes as to how popular the character and film series remain today, and they’re practically waiting for a studio to give them the treatment they so desperately deserve.
Freddy Krueger remains one of the most iconic horror characters of all time, particularly in regard to the slash genre. But if we’re being honest, the franchise has languished since Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in 1994. If they really want to remake one of the movies, they might be better off trying to tackle A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors rather than saddle audiences with yet another origin story.
It will probably be late 2018 at the earliest that Freddy returns to haunt our dreams, but we hope it will be worth it when he does.