A Nightmare on Elm Street Might Get Another Reboot


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?

  • As long as they get rid of this child molester crap I’m on board for another reboot. Hell, just make a sequel to the original franchise and I’d be happy!

  • ProjectGenesis

    My biggest problem with the 2010 version is that Freddy didn’t look like Freddy at all. The filmmakers excuse was “we researched burn victims to see what they’d really look like” — whatever, it just didn’t look like him. Period.

    As far as taking it too seriously, i could have forgiven that if the dream sequence set pieces weren’t so uninspired.

  • ECONOMYpolitica

    Orphan had a kind of dark humor that could benefit this. Really liked that movie. Maybe they can bring back Robert England and make it a little meta like yeah Freddy was real but he’s also in another movie. He keeps coming back after he was killed in the real world he went back to the fictional world to start building up more strength again. The reboot was his first step back. Now he is at Robert England level again. I just like when they build up the mythology in this series. Get back to that. Thought the remake was pretty good.

  • Colin

    Titled Five Nights at Freddy’s

  • devolutionary

    …or the sequel: Freddy Got Fingered Too!