So here we are, one day away from Friday the 13th, and hey — you didn’t really think Jason Voorhees would make his triumphant return to theatres without his good buddy Freddy Krueger following suit, did you? Sometime yesterday, news came out via the Risky Biz Blog that the long gestating reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street had finally landed a director. According to reports, the man behind the camera will be Samuel Bayer, a long-time music video director whose credits include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (check out an extensive list of his videos here). The screenplay is being penned by Wesley Strick (Arachnophobia, Cape Fear, Doom).
Here’s where it gets just a little more interesting. The good folks over at Latino Review also caught wind of another juicy rumour regarding the casting of the new Freddy Krueger. According to their source, Platinum Dunes and New Line are seriously considering Jackie Earle Haley to don the striped sweater. If you ask me, this would be a fantastic choice. Not only will he have the fanboys on his side after playing Rorschach in the upcoming Watchmen movie, but he also had a great turn as an icky pedophile in Little Children (and as we’ve heard, this new Freddy flick may delve into his early years as a school janitor who rapes and murders children). What do you think? Is this new Nightmare off to a good start?
Update: Looks like the Jackie Earle Haley part is bogus. Producer Brad Fuller tells Shock Till You Drop that they’re “not even negotiating with anyone yet”. Well keep him in mind, will you?