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Script Details Emerge on Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot

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March 25, 2009
Source: Latino Review

Nightmare on Elm Street

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!

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

i really hope this movie is good because if they mess up this there gonna pay

Tom W on Mar 25, 2009

2

sounds good to me

cowcow on Mar 25, 2009

3

how can we not have quotes like, "Welcome to prime time bitch." you just cant take that out. thats one thing that made this movies.

Keith on Mar 25, 2009

4

That's one thing that ruined the movies. Freddy Kruegger went from being a child murderer to a stand-up comedian. While the third movie has a special place in my heart as a cheese fest it doesn't come close to touching the original, where Freddy is portrayed as a monster. The descent into comedy is what weakened the franchise in the first place. After the first movie the only really good movie to follow was New Nightmare. This is one horror franchise that could use some rebooting, some of the films in the NOES series are, frankly, embarrassing.

Rob on Mar 25, 2009

5

If Jackie Earle Haley does get cast, they better have some great lines. The man can act with the best of them. I just feel bad that he's going to portray yet another demented person.

Rorschach90 on Mar 25, 2009

6

sounds great a modern day freddy movie everone knew freddy is scary than jason but jason is easily more baddass and wins the fight (not in the movie jackass)

zach on Mar 25, 2009

7

but if you really think about it, Freddy wasn't really a jokester until part 3 anyway...

DDOT3 on Mar 26, 2009

8

Get Michael Jackson for the lead, he needs the money.

chris on Mar 26, 2009

9

This sounds similar to what Zombie did with the Halloween remake where they explored the "origin" of the character in more detail. Could be interesting....

S on Mar 26, 2009

10

So Freddy is going to Molest children in the movie? Is it going to be a kiddy-porno?

Daniel on Mar 26, 2009

11

I know i am missing big time by not watching the old movies.I am thinking about buying the 6 movies and watch them all at one shot! I like the idea of Freddy being a child molester than a killer.

Fisherr on Mar 27, 2009

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