It should come as no surprise to hear that a Nightmare on Elm Street prequel was recently being discussed over at New Line Cinema. With Wes Craven seemingly determined to remake just about every movie he’s ever done, the original Nightmare on Elm Street being re-released in theatres briefly last month, and reboots of classic 80’s horror franchises Halloween and Friday The 13th currently in the works, it seems inevitable that Freddy should be preparing for a resurrection on the big screen as well.
The word is that they wanted John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) to direct the movie, which would focus on Freddy Krueger’s days as a school janitor where he raped and murdered children. This takes place before he becomes the master of the dream world we all know him as; as such the prequel would steer clear of any supernatural elements.
I guess the interesting thing here is the choice to make it a prequel as opposed to a remake or sequel. I like the idea, if only because it takes the character in a different direction. I just wonder if it might reduce a classic horror villain’s effectiveness if too much of his past is revealed. There’s always something to be said for maintaining a little bit of mystery. My guess is they’ll be keeping a close eye on how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel does this month, both commercially and critically… but one way or another this will probably get greenlit.» Related Link: Filmstalker