I’m not quite sure what to make of this next rumour. A scooper over at Joblo reports that Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes is currently in the process of casting the upcoming remake of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unlike some of the other iconic horror remakes like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Friday the 13th, however, the villain in the Elm Street series isn’t just a man behind a mask. The casting of Freddy Krueger is a little bit more tricky. It is for this reason that they are apparently considering a well-known actor to fill the shoes of Robert Englund, and according to Englund himself, his replacement just might be Billy Bob Thornton.
Englund was on Loveline last Friday, promoting his upcoming film Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, and when asked about the remake he said he’d heard that Thornton was in talks for the role. I guess I could see it working strictly from a physical point of view, but I don’t know… somehow it just seems a little too hokey to be true. That said, it does kind of sum up what is wrong with these Platinum Dunes remakes in the first place: they think that they need a big budget and big stars to make these movies work, when in actual fact it was the exact opposite that made them successful in the first place. On the other hand, I suppose it is a different era now, and maybe we just can’t help re-imagining these movies with a little bit of star power after all. What do you think, could Billy Bob Thornton pull it off? Who would you like to see wearing the striped sweater?