Although the producers of the next Friday the 13th movie can’t seem to decide what they want it to be (reboot or sequel, found footage or traditional, etc.), the fact remains that a new movie featuring Jason Voorhees is slowly but surely making its way to theatres. On the other hand, the future of another recently rebooted ’80s horror franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street, has been up in the air ever since the Platinum Dunes reboot was released. The 2010 film seems to have been a moderate financial success but it did not go over particularly well with fans and critics. Now this week we are hearing that New Line Cinema is finally ready to set up a new Freddy Krueger flick, but they are planning to start from scratch all over again. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Tracking Board, New Line Cinema is in the process of setting up a new remake / reboot of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) has been hired to write the script, while Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter are on board as producers. Johnson also previously penned the script for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie, although it is possible that his work will be rewritten or completely jettisoned.
So what will their angle be this time around? The 2010 reboot opted for a darker approach, making Freddy a full-on child molester while downplaying his comedic one-liners. Perhaps they will try to re-establish the movie as more of a horror-comedy, although traditionally that has always come at the cost of mainstream appeal. Either way it seems unlikely that Jackie Earle Haley will reprise his role, which is a bit of a shame. It’s unclear if Michael Bay or Platinum Dunes will have any involvement this time around. Are you interested in another version of A Nightmare on Elm Street? What would you like to see in this movie?