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Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Gets a Director

Elm StreetFreddy fans, are you ready for a trip down a whole new Elm Street? Well, like it or not the film is being remade and word just broke about who will be taking up the directorial reigns!

The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Biz Blog just got the super early word that Samuel Bayer, whom you may know from directing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, will be the man in charge working from a script by Wesley Strick (Arachnophobia).

Also according to the story, Bayer is slated to helm an original thriller for Platinum Dunes as well called Fiasco Heights.

The film will be in production this spring. Keep it right here for more as it comes!

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  • jonny_numb

    Fiasco Heights should really be a documentary about Platinum Dunes.

  • Caterpillar

    Samuel Bayer also directed some of Marilyn Manson’s better music videos. I’m confident he can create striking visuals and atmosphere. The big question, as with all directors moving from music videos and commercials to features is if he can work with actors to the degree of getting good performances out of them and if he’s able to put his visuals in the service of telling the story as opposed to them just existing for the sake of looking nice.

    And before anybody disses music video/commercial directors, that’s where Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Alex Proyas and a lot of other current fanboy favorites came from. Of course not all of them can be suited for a career in features but if this remake sucks I’ll just shrug it off and keep watching the original. If it’s decent I’ll have two versions to watch in the future. So actually I prefer untested directors working on a remake to them adapting a previously untapped property I am a fan of.

  • FilmCritic3000

    You know, I was browsing his bio just the other day and was wondering when precisely he was going to make his directorial film debut.

    Strick’s hit and miss though. This whole thing can spiral off the rails pretty quickly. And how precisely can anyone step into Robert Englund’s shoes?

    • Avid Fan

      Englund was really good in the first film, then after that he became a characiture of himself with all the cliche punny one-liners, and the focus of Freddy’s motivation went from Child abductor and killer to fantasy dream clown. I’d like to see someone portray Freddy like the creepy child abductor/killer he was know for in the first film.
      For adventure dream films, I turn to Dreamscape, the villan is creepier than later Englund Freddy to me.

      • Johnny Butane

        I second your Dremascape love; just thinking about that movie the other day. So good.

        With Platinum Dunes behind it, do you really there will be anything light about it?

        • Avid Fan

          I hope no lightness prevails in the potential of a interesting (note I didn’t say “good”) re-do. Any names attached to Freddy’s character yet? C’mon, you can leak a little intel…

  • LSD Zombie

    I’ve got a really bad feeling about this combo…