A Nightmare on Elm Street writer-director Wes Craven’s estate recently snagged back the rights to the series from New Line. And today producer-actor Elijah Wood details his killer pitch for how his company SpectreVision would reboot the series
Wood told Bloody Disgusting’s Boo Crew Podcast: “Any opportunity to get hold of a classic franchise like that and revitalize it and do something different with it is pretty exciting. I don’t know if the rights are actually available. We’ve done our due diligence.”
He adds: “You can’t just reboot it…you can’t tell the same story over again. It’s already been done. You can’t do an origin story with Freddy again; that’s already been done twice. You almost have to let Freddy go and move into a different direction. I think you bring Freddy along for the ride initially, but you have to go somewhere else with it because it’s such well-trodden ground.”
He says: “I think [Englund] has to be [in it]. I think you have to. To honor that series. To honor that character. To honor [Wes] Craven. I think you have to do that, and then you can express beyond that. He said he wants to do one last film as well.“
Now I don’t know about you but here’s hoping that BOTH the movie AND the series get off the ground, am I right? But if push came to shove I have to say, I’d take the HBO Max series.
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In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Heather Langenkamp begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
Written and directed by Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street was produced by Robert Shaye and starred John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp, and Robert Englund as Freddy Kreuger. New Line released it on November 9, 1984.