Freddy never dies, even after a remake tried to kill the character for good not too long ago. Bad, oh so bad. So here we are, five years later, the horrible taste of 2010’s remake still lingering, and New Line Cinema wants to bring back the fedora-wearing slasher back to Elm Street. The Tracking Board (who is usually pretty good about these things) reports that the studio plan to ditch the previous remake (duh!) for a fresh new take.
While the news is still fresh and admittedly pretty hard to swallow, what details we do have is that there’s no producer on board yet, but Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson will pen the script, who is so far the only ray of light shining on this remake. Here’s why—over the years he has made a nice little corner in the horror world, recently working on AMC’s The Walking Dead and next penning James Wan’s The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Disney’s horror Something Wicked This Way Comes. He’s the only talent attached to the project that we know of, so it’s at least a pretty good start and Orphan shows the kind of chops he brings to the genre.
I can’t say that I’m surprised by this news, not only because we get an announcement of a remake almost every day (Jumanji, what!?), but because most of the major horror franchises are getting a facelift… and soon. Friday The 13th, Halloween, and Texas Chainsaw are all actively in development, so it kind of makes sense for New Line to jump on the band wagon.
Their biggest hurdle, however, is that all of those other franchise killers wear masks… so literally anyone could play their roles. Freddy is an entirely different monster, he’s one with a twisted, one-of-a-kind personality that will never reach further than Robert Englund’s iconic performance. We saw just how hard it is to replace Englund’s Freddy back in 2010 when not even the brilliant Jackie Earle Haley could leave much of an impression.
It’ll be interesting to see the kind of response this one gets. Are horror fans willing to give another remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street a shot after what happened last time? On one hand, I’m kind of excited to see them take another crack at it, mostly because it really can’t get much worse… right?
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