Script Details Emerge on Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot
Platinum Dunes' recent reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise wasn't a completely horrible trip back to one of the genre's classic scares. But what's in store for the studio's similar attempt at a modern A Nightmare on Elm Street? Well, Latino Review has a wonderful wrap-up of El Mayimbe's recent look at the script-in-progress (authored by Wesley Strick of Cape Fear, and, um, Doom), which appears to suggest a similar glossy, blockbuster makeover as with Friday the 13th. It sounds like a decent enough approach, but I'd obviously prefer something a bit more humble and disturbing than this. Read on for the early plot details.
The plot, as it stands now, is tweaked a bit from the original 1984 film, but in a surprisingly noble way. Instead of being a child murdered, Freddy is actually portrayed as a child molester, which was the direction Wes Craven originally intended for the villain. Platinum Dunes scores some early points for this Craven nod. However, they may just lose any good favor if one of El Mayimbe's assertions proves to be true - that the new version is devoid of Freddy's creepy whit and, in fact, that he has few lines overall. I'm personally really going to miss that. There's also word that it's not going to have even a hint of comedy.
Apparently the film will spend a significant amount of time on Freddy Krueger's back story. Latino Review describes this element as "one of the script's strongest points." And as for the chance that Robert Englund might have a role in the new film, it's speculated that he could portray the minor role of therapist Dr. James Brit. Head on over to Latino Review for the full run-down and be sure to let us know what you think!