Writer-director Wes Craven’s estate recently snagged back the rights to the A Nightmare on Elm Street series from New Line with another movie and a possible HBO Max series in the works. And today original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund talked a bit about the future of the franchise.
Englund tells Too Fab: “Nobody’s talked to me. I’d love to be invited to do a cameo in any project, but I don’t want to play Freddy. I think there’s a tradition of cameos in remakes in. Especially in horror and science fiction and fantasy films or musicals — I think Rita Moreno is in the new Spielberg “West Side Story” doing a cameo — it’s like you give a blessing to the project if you do a cameo. I think that would be fun. But I’m very encouraged now that the rights have returned to the Craven estate because I really like Wes’ kids. They’re real smart like Wes was, Wes is a genius. And I know Jonathan and I know his daughter and it’s not like we hang out or anything, I haven’t seen them in years. I just hope that they take the time to look at all the stuff that’s been submitted in the last 10 years or so. And that means locking yourself at home or in a hotel somewhere on the beach, you know, and just sending out for room service and going through it all. Good time for that! I suspect that not only is there some great brand new stuff, but I suspect that there might be a couple of things that are 5, 8, 10 years old that were maybe second choices that should be dusted off and really examined. They may have really great bones and need a little bit of a freshening with the characters.”
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.