Get ready for Freddy. Again. A Nightmare on Elm Street is so often credited with building New Line Cinema into a studio brand name, that it should be no surprise that they’d want to play up that legacy again with a remake. Of course, the fact that the nine films in the series have a total worldwide box office take of over $450 million also sweetens the deal. Yes, unsurprisingly, and despite the lukewarm reception for the 2010 remake, we’re going back to the drawing board – and the dank, dark, foreboding cellar where young people are lured to their doom – for the fourth version of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Why four? Well, there was the original series of Nightmares 1 to 6 and Freddy Vs. Jason, there was Wes Craven‘s meta-textual take on his original film New Nightmare, and there was the 2010 remake starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. Of course, no one can top Robert Englund, who originated the part, but don’t think that Englund’s status as the beloved horror icon is going to stop any remake from going down.
According to The Tracking Board, screenwriter David Leslie Johnson of Orphan and Wrath of the Titans fame(?) has been hired to pen the new Nightmare with the goal of “going back to the drawing board, working to create a remake worthy of the original.” That’s a tall order since the 2010 remake has similar high hopes. At the time, producer Michael Bay said the director Samuel Bayer had the ability, “to capture the kind of seductive and unsettling imagery that would make Nightmare feel like a fresh, visually arresting moviegoing experience.” Bay, naturally, was wrong.
It’s interesting too that New Line would be exploring the possibility of revisiting Nightmare when its sister franchise over at Paramount, Friday the 13th, is having a helluva time getting a new entry off the ground, and it’s much easier to visualize and produce a Jason movie than a Freddy one. No disrespect to any of the fine actors who’ve played Jason over the years, but there’s really ever only been one Freddy, and clearly there’s something that Englund brough to the part that’s hard to duplicate.
We’ll keep you posted with whatever news from A Nightmare on Elm Street: The New Remake comes up.