Robert Englund on the Nightmare Remake and Unproduced Prequel

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Robert Englund on the Nightmare Remake and Unproduced PrequelAt age 65 Robert Englund has pretty much done it all in the business, including helping to create an iconic character that people will be fearing for generations to come alongside heavyweights like Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster.

Recently the actor sat down with our friends at MovieHole to talk about two very interesting subjects – the Nightmare on Elm Street prequel that never was and the reasoning behind why he chose not to don the make-up for the Platinum Dunes remake.

There was a great kind of ‘Portrait of a Serial Killer’ kind of docudrama script around, where you see Freddy and his first kills and the courtroom scenes where these really horrible, terrible lawyers keep getting him off; great corrupt lawyers getting him off and then the vigilante parents. Finally in the climax, burning him alive, and maybe you see him manifest, and show up on Elm Street at the very end, where his sort of revenge, reign of terror would be hinted at,” Englund said of the prequel, which at one time had Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer‘s John McNaughton attached to direct. Man, how cool would that have been? Sigh.

As for the remake …

“I could’ve probably done another Freddy or two, but I think that’s when Platinum Dunes acquired the rights along with Warner Brothers from New Line Cinema. Their idea was to reboot the franchise and go with somebody younger who could play, could be the same Freddy for years. I’m almost – even now, I’m almost too old to go out there and do the stunts and stuff. I can do a couple of takes, but then I wake up the next morning and feel like I’ve been playing football.

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  • QuietRoomBears

    I wrote a script for an Elm Street prequel and Mark Patton read it and liked it, but I wish I knew how to get it in the right hands at New Line or whoever. And Englund would HAVE to be in it. He could still do it for sure. It was a serious, no one-liner, no supernatural, serial killer in the 70’s terrorizing a small town type of version. I think it would have really kicked ass.