New Line Cinema Rebooting 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Series Again
One, two, another reboot coming for you. Three, four, the more franchise movies the better. Five, six, you get the point. Over at the Tracking Board, they're reporting that New Line Cinema is ready to try again with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Just a few years ago we followed very closely the most recent remake that came out in 2010, directed by Samuel Bayer starring Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy. And, once again, since that remake didn't end up doing so well they're simply going back to the drawing board and restarting because of course it's a successful name-brand horror franchise so they can restart and it still has a fanbase.
Here's all the information Tracking Board has about the new version - which is currently being scripted.
Plot details are kept under lock and key, though fans can safely assume that the red-and-green sweater/fedora wearing Freddy Krueger will once again be up to his old tricks, ready to terrorize a new group of sleep-deprived youngsters. There’s no producer on board yet, but Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to script. Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line.
The original A Nightmare on Elm Street series launched in 1984, with a New Line Cinema movie written & directed by Wes Craven. That was followed up with four more sequels, spanning all the way to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child before they tried to do something different (resulting in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare then Wes Craven's New Nightmare, plus of course Freddy vs Jason). The most recent remake from 2010 was made by Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay, when he had his producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form whipping up horror remakes left and right (they were also responsible for that Friday the 13th remake around the same time). We'll try to keep an eye on development updates from here. Interested?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Oh bother. They should look into one of THE ABC'S OF DEATH guys for the director.
DAVIDPD on Aug 6, 2015
I can share the consensus that there's too many franchise films and too many this, that, and something else, but I jumped up and down for joy when I found out about them making another Elm Street film. When A Nightmare on Elm Street first arrived in the 80s, the concept was unique and different, and while other slasher franchises ran rampant, Freddy offered something more like what I would imagine the epitome of evil to be. "This is God," and for the first film, it worked terrifically, and even after the films began to sour and become more comedic-based, I still enjoyed them. It's a certain B-movie novelty that I enjoy, a dark entity that cracks jokes, is entertaining, and hurts you. Like Dracula or the Wolf Man, I believe that Jason or Freddy or Michael are almost monster films, and while, yes, there has already been a lot of Elm Street films, they've all stayed relatively formulaic with their ideas. In other-words, I believe there remains films and originality to be had. I wish we were more for making films back-to-back, because I'd suggest this idea if I could be promised a sequel wouldn't take fire years to make, but what if they did Elm Street: The Springwood Slasher. The film could follow Freddy as a child-murderer, and deal with him being outed as a murderer, and ending with him being set aflame and becoming the burnt-faced man we know and love. The only issue is that I wouldn't initially suggest this because, while it could be efficiently well-told and entertaining, it wouldn't be a Slasher film like what everyone wants, which is why I wish they'd film two films simultaneously and release them with a year of each other. I know, I know, it's just fantasizing, ... and all in all, I am just excited we have another Elm Street to look forward to. Hopefully they make it more entertaining and fun than the last. set aflame and becoming the burnt-faced man we know and love.
Wes Draven on Aug 6, 2015
making an origin story isn't exactly "original" either. sometimes it's nice to leave things to the imagination- especially when dealing with horror movies. The unknown is scarier than knowing. we really didn't need Zombie to explore Myers' childhood when he rebooted that series, I'm not so sure we need that for Freddy either.
ColtNoir on Aug 7, 2015
Yes, for the love of all things sexy, we don't need/want/require yet another freakin' origin story!!! I don't know what sort of childhood the shark in Jaws had that led to Her murderous rampage in the summer of 1975... and I don't care. I just want to see Her fin in the water while unsespecting swimmers are near by. That's it. Same with Freddy. His glove. A joke. And a creative kill. That's a wrap.
FistFullofJohnson on Aug 7, 2015
Hence why I said I wouldn't recommend it unless I knew, for certain, that we'd have a follow-up film to come after. A fellow lover of slashers, I yearn the madness mayhem as well, but thinking about the long-term longevity of the character, I wouldn't be against them doing something unique and different with the slasher character. Like, if they'd be up for an over-arching Trilogy that actually focuses on Freddy being burnt alive, extracting his revenge on those that killed him, and whatnot. I don't know. I am just spit-balling, but I do like the idea of having a little ambition.
Wes Draven on Aug 8, 2015
I understand, and quite enjoyed your enthusiasm in your previous post. And I surely wish this property, as well as Friday the 13th, would hire writers as passionate as yourself to restore them. But Freddy's 'origin' has already been explored in many of the lesser sequels... and in this day and age of endless superhero movies; in which origin story after origin story is forced down our throats, we simply do not need yet another. Look at those stupid Star Wars prequels; all they managed to do was "explain" away every single thing that made Darth Vader cool in the first place. Savvy?
FistFullofJohnson on Aug 8, 2015
I've never found any of the Slasher films to be 'scary,' by any definition of the phrase, but, however, I do find them to be 'entertaining,' and that's their appeal to me. I liked the initial concept of Rob Zombie's Halloween. I understand the not-knowing about Michael Myers, but for its own separate work, I liked the idea. I wouldn't say it was done well, however. That's the issue at-hand with films that follow a killers upbringing, they don't employ someone capable.
Wes Draven on Aug 7, 2015
Ugh, I hated the 2010 remake. Awful, uninspired and just all around bland movie.
Firefly15 on Aug 6, 2015
They should make a horror movie about cannibalizing movie producers.
cuckoozey on Aug 7, 2015
That's a great idea....a killer (or ghost, or monster, whatever) that kills Hollywood execs who greenlight reboots and remakes. The curse is lifted when they finally start producing new and original content.
TheOct8pus on Aug 7, 2015
I thought they already did. It was called Schindler's List.
Steh Auf on Aug 12, 2015
Are they saying what, if anything, they learned from last time? Crossovers are all the rage now, I wonder if they have an ulterior motive.
OfficialJab on Aug 7, 2015
Why? Just why?
John Doe on Aug 7, 2015
one.. two.. Freddy's gonna reboot
borninatrailer on Aug 12, 2015
Hollywood can't come up with an original idea so it has to suck every last penny out of the old ideas.
Steh Auf on Aug 12, 2015
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