Freddy Krueger could soon enough be coming back to theaters, as new rumors suggest Alexandre Aja is in consideration to direct another reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. According to a new report, the director is one of a few names currently in consideration to helm the next planned reimagining in the series. To be clear, such a project is not yet officially in production, and it remains to be seen if it will get its greenlight and if Aja will be on board. However, as the success of Halloween has brought about a resurgence in popularity for classic slasher movies, it does seem to be just a matter of time before Freddy is back on the big screen.
Aja's latest movie, Crawl, is now playing in theaters. The eco-horror movie is set during the midst of a massive hurricane which proves to be the least of one woman's problems when the floodwater brings in gigantic alligators. Additionally, Aja is well-known within the horror community for many of his other genre projects as well. Some of his previous titles include High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, and Horns. Oddly enough, Aja also helmed the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, meaning he even has previous experience in rebooting Wes Craven movies. While it didn't reach the heights of Halloween, it's worth noting The Hills Have Eyes is one of the more well-received horror remakes of the new millennium.
The original Elm Street movie was written and directed by Wes Craven. It was first released in 1984, years after Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees had carved out a niche for slasher flicks in the horror genre. For this slasher, Craven introduced a new twist by having Freddy Krueger killing teenagers in their dreams. It introduced a whole new kind of fear for horror movie fans, as there always seemed to be no escaping Freddy's wrath. We all have to fall asleep sometime, right? Starring Robert Englund as Freddy and Heather Langenkamp as final girl Nancy Thompson, the movie was an instant hit with fans, spawning one of the most popular horror franchises of all time.
After Englund retired from playing Freddy Krueger following his performance in Freddy vs. Jason, Warner Bros. wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to the character just yet. In 2010, the first official reboot of the original movie debuted in theaters, and it would be an understatement to say that it was not well-received. The reboot was universally panned upon its release, and is often used as an example of just how badly rebooting classic movies can turn out. If A Nightmare on Elm Street must be remade once again, hopefully the studio heads can learn from the mistakes made with the first attempt in 2010.
The report of Aja's potential gig as the director of a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie is not official, as other names are reportedly in the mix for consideration as well. However, should Alexandre Aja get the offer, the filmmaker is said to be interested in taking it on. Making a new movie in the series that can compare to the original will be challenging for any filmmaker, but looking at his other movies, it would seem Aja would have a great shot. This information comes to us from WeGotThisCovered.