Platinum Dunes' Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot Coming in 2009
In January, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes announced that they were rebooting the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Since then we haven't heard much about the project at all, largely because they've been working on the Friday the 13th reboot and were trying to fully secure the rights anyway, but today we've got a big update. Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, of Platinum Dunes, have confirmed that a new Nightmare on Elm Street is their next movie and they will hopefully start shooting in the spring. While most fans seem highly opposed to the idea of rebooting horror franchises, Fuller and Form seem to have done a great job with the new Friday the 13th, so maybe this isn't that bad after all?
"It's like what we're doing to Friday the 13th," Fuller told ShockTillYouDrop. "It's not Freddy cracking jokes. We want to make a horrifying movie. The concept is so scary, don't fall asleep or you'll die. This guy gets you when you're most vulnerable, in your sleep. We love that. That's the basis of the movie. It'll be most similar to the first one but in terms of kills and dreams we'll borrow from the entire series." The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, starring Robert Englund as the villain Freddy Krueger, first kicked off back in 1984 and warranted a total of 6 sequels, ending with New Nightmare in 1994. Freddy also showed up in the cult film Freddy vs Jason in 2003, but hasn't been seen on the big screen since then.
The reboot is being written, and potentially directed, by industry veteran Wesley Strick, who wrote Arachnophobia, Cape Fear, The Saint, Doom, and Love Is the Drug previously. Shooting is expected to take place in the Chicago suburbs. While I'm not particularly a fan of Nightmare on Elm Street, I will admit that I'm now very curious to see this new reboot. My interest has something to do with the Platinum Dunes guys and what they're doing with Friday the 13th, I think. Maybe I'll become a Freddy fan once I see their new take on Nightmare on Elm Street? As for casting details, in August we reported a rumor that Billy Bob Thornton might play Freddy, but no confirmation yet. Are you excited for this reboot?