Inevitable Nightmare on Elm Street 3D Sequel is Coming Soon
One, two, Freddy's coming for you… twice! After a very satisfying box office performance this past weekend ($32.9 million) which stands as the most successful horror release in an April/May timeslot, it's no surprise that The Wrap reports Warner Bros/New Line has already committed to a 3D sequel of A Nightmare on Elm Street that stars Jackie Earle Haley in an all-new horror franchise as Wes Craven's original blade-gloved burn victim, Freddy Krueger. It's not surprising considering Robert Englund lasted some nine films in endless sequels to the original 1984 Nightmare. It's just too bad that this remake was a complete misfire.
Honestly, someone needs to tell movie studios that just because audiences turned out for a film in its first weekend, doesn't mean they actually want to see another one, especially if that film is as painfully generic and lacking any genuine scares for a horror film like this A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Sure, Jackie Earle Haley brought some new kind of life to the character, and the writers also developed a wholly creepier origin for Freddy as an even more menacing monster both in the dream world and real world, but the rest of the film was full of cheap scares brought on by jump cuts, loud musical cues, and poorly written dialogue.
One thing we know (via a SlashFilm interview) is that director Samuel Bayer won't be back. "I will not be involved in a sequel. I don't want to have my next movie be a horror movie." Considering his style was fine, but there wasn't much substance, I'm fine with that. So who else should they look at for this sequel?