New Line Cinema is planning to bring Freddy Krueger back from the dead for a second time. Yes, that's right. Instead of giving the 2010 remake a sequel, the plan is to completely wipe the slate clean and start over with a brand new reboot. Just five years after Jackie Earle Haley took over the iconic role from Robert Englund, the studio will soon be searching for someone new to wear the infamous glove with the knife fingers.
This new A Nightmare on Elm Street may not be produced by Platinum Dunes. They were behind the 2010 remake that fared okay at the box office, but didn't register at all with fans. It came and went without too many complaints. It wasn't an outright bomb, as it pulled in $63 million in the states off a $35 million budget. It went onto earn $115.6 million worldwide. But there weren't many fans of the movie, and according to The Tracking Board, New Line is ready to try and ignite a fresh franchise once again.
Apparently, there are no producers attached at this time. The original remake was produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes buddies Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller. This new A Nightmare on Elm Street does have a writer attached though, with Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson set to pen the screenplay. Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter are overseeing the project for New Line.
Earlier this week, it was announced that David Leslie Johnson will be writing the new Dungeons & Dragons movie for sister studio Warner Bros. That project is finally moving forward after a long legal battle. David Leslie Johnson is also known for penning episodes of The Walking Dead. He also wrote Wrath of the Titans and is next set to work on The Conjuring 2 for director James Wan, which is now titled The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist. He is also working on the Something Wicked This Way Comes remake for Disney.
Samuel Bayer directed the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which was supposed to set Jackie Earle Haley up with his own Freddy series. But many fans didn't want a new Freddy, with Robert Englund having originated the beloved horror boogeyman in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, and going onto play him in several more films throughout the past three decades. One of the biggest hurdles this new remake faces is finding yet another new Freddy. Most other slasher franchises have silent killers behind a mask. But Krueger had a very strong personality, and loved to spout wisecracks along with his horrendous kills. Jackie Earle Haley brought a decidedly different take to the persona, and dropped the jokey nature of the character. Fans, for the most part, disagreed with this new direction for the character.
It's not impossible for Robert Englund to return, but the actor has stated in the past that he's not entirely interested in revisiting the character. There is a lot of mythology that the series has barely touched on. No directors for the movie are mentioned. But some fans hope that new ground is explored, and that this remake is not just another kill by numbers teen slasher flick. What do you think? Is there potential here for a good movie?