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A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake is Now a Go!

Nightmare on Elm Street next on the chopping block!Platinum Dunes continues its reimaginative ways by taking yet another beloved horror franchise and giving it the remake treatment. The next one up? A Nightmare on Elm Street. So what are their intentions?

Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form had a chat with Shock Till You Drop and their discussion yielded some interesting details.

It’s our next movie,” Form tells Shock, “hopefully shooting this spring.”

“It’s like what we’re doing to Friday the 13th,” says Fuller. “It’s not Freddy cracking jokes. We want to make a horrifying movie. The concept is so scary, don’t fall asleep or you’ll die. This guy gets you when you’re most vulnerable, in your sleep. We love that. That’s the basis of the movie. It’ll be most similar to the first one but in terms of kills and dreams we’ll borrow from the entire series.”

When asked if Englund will be back, “Fuller and Form say they’re seeking someone new to don the hat and red ‘n green sweater, but they’re hopeful Englund will be back for a part in the film.”

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this one. The good news is test screenings of “>Friday the 13th have been scoring well, so maybe the Dunes have gotten things back on track.

But Englund not playing Freddy? That just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s not the way the character of Freddy has been scripted over the years that has turned him into a powerhouse, it’s Robert’s portrayal. You can’t say he’s too old because he’s covered in make-up. Age is a non-factor. Maybe he’d have to diet to get back in thin slashing weight, but that’s about it.

Please Form and Fuller, I implore you … You want to remake the movie? That’s great, but give us our Freddy Krueger. Englund was plenty scary in the original. I’m sure given the right script he can be even more frightening.

Uncle Creepy

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15 Comments

  1. In the case FRIDAY 13TH they were remaking a franchise that never produced anything halfway watchable. In the case of NIGHTMARE there are one great (#1) and two good films (#3, NEW NIGHTMARE) so it’ll be a bit more difficult to make a film I’ll enjoy. The frame of reference is different. However, considering the truly god-awful sequels the NIGHTMARE franchise I can’t get very upset about this. The original can’t be tainted any worse than FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE already did. So I say let ‘em try and give ‘em a chance.

  2. I think Ben Foster was one name that was thrown around to replace Englund.

    Ben is a GREAT actor, will probably be one of the best of his generation. Watch 3:10 to Yuma to see it. He’s straight up evil in that film.

  3. I’m okay with Englund being out as Freddy. If he isn’t, it’s a reboot, not a remake. PD doesn’t do reboots, for better or worse. NoES -is- virgin territory for them. Leatherface and Jason are icons…not the men who played them. As wonderful as Karloff was, we got a heck of a lot of Frankenstein movies without him, for instance.

    Krueger is different. He is 100% Robert Englund. It’s that single actor’s performance that drives the icon itself. Englund, Bradley and Pinhead, Todd and Candyman, Moseley and Otis…these are the kinds of roles we’re talking. The role is the man, not the role itself.

    PD has two choices. Either reboot it with Englund and let him rip things to shreds New Nightmare-style, or completely reinvent Freddy. The hat, the sweater, it all needs to go. The glove can stay, but it needs to be different. Different look, different feel.

    In short, separate the icon from Englund or risk heaping mounds of ire and ridicule from the public when your remake goes live.

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  4. Only person I could see playing the role and making interesting would be Crispin Glover. He wouldn’t even need burn make-up or a glove. Crispin Glover just shows up in your dreams acting weird and creeping you out. THEN he kills you!

    • That is the best suggestion I’ve heard for the new Freddy Krueger. Hell, Crispin Glover could be scarier than Robert Englund (but I doubt they’ll cast him). Crispin was awesome in Wizard Of Gore and Willard. I’d love to see him play Freddy, but once again I doubt it’ll happen. Great suggestion though.

  5. Yeah, but he was kinda like as if Jim Carrey was playing Krueger…I mean, Baesel was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but…

  6. There is one guy that I can think of that would make a good one…and that is because Robert Englund himself said he would make a good one…and I can’t remember his name…anyone know what I’m talking about?

  7. I wonder if those rumors from a short while back of Platinum Dunes wanting Billy Bob Thornton to play Freddy in the reboot will prove true.

  8. Oh that’s just great. Can’t wait for another ADHD “reimagining” of a classic horror icon. I haven’t seen any of Platinum Douche’s (That’s what I’m calling them from now on) output and I probably never will.

    FUCK REMAKES!

  9. I think Near Dark is safe. PD only seems interested in remaking movies that are well known to the general public, with the possible exception of The Hitcher. You got a sizable audience based solely on name recognition, right? Here’s a good rule of thumb- if your mom has never heard of it, PD won’t remake it.
    As far as NoES, I really only liked the first, third and FvsJ. If they keep it serious and bring Freddy back to Boogyman status, it might be worth watching. Now that I think about it, maybe a new actor might be the kick in the pants they need. Englund’s the best, don’t get me wrong, but if they are going to reboot the whole thing, tone and all, might as well start from scratch.

    • I agree with your comments about Englund Frank… It is necessary to distance themselves from what has gone before, and if it works out a younger guy will be able to commit to the role for longer than Englund (in theory anyway).

      As for who would play the new Freddy, I wouldn’t be disappointed if someone like Nathan Baesel (“The Rise of Leslie Venon”) got the part, esp. as he was so good as the complete head-fuck Leslie Vernon.

      • Thing is, if a Leslie Vernon sequel comes about, can Nate really play two horror icon/icon-in-trainings??

        I mean, actors don’t usually get two different superhero roles; would slashers be any different? I think he’d make a good choice, but it wouldn’t be a logical one.

  10. Hooray.

    It is nice though that Platinum Dunes ended up leaving Near Dark alone. The one positive thing out of all of this, though I do think Friday the 13th looks fun.

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