A lot of the classic horror franchises have been making a comeback recently, and the next on the block could be a new reboot of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Wes Craven‘s classic 1984 slasher which dealt with a supernatural killer who invaded the dreams of teenagers in order to kill them.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the estate of the late Wes Craven has gotten the ball rolling on bringing Freddy Krueger back as they are “actively taking pitches for a new A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It’s too early to know just what the estate is planning at this early stage, but Bloody Disgusting had heard that they’re look at both feature-film pitches as well as a possible HBO Max series. Unlike other horror franchises whose rights have become rather complicated over the years, I’m looking at you FRIDAY THE 13TH, Wes Craven’s estate is the sole owner of the U.S. rights to Freddy Kruger and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (New Line Cinema holds the international rights), which makes it much easier to get a new project off the ground.
What form this potential NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET revival could take is still up in the air, but if they choose to go the route of 2018’s HALLOWEEN, both Heather Langenkamp (who played Nancy Thompson in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, and WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE) and Robert Englund have expressed interest in returning one more nightmare.
“I see Robert all the time, we were just together in Baltimore (at a convention). He actually spoke for a quite a while at one of the panel discussions that we did about his yearning [to play Freddy], but also his commitment to always putting the best face on Freddy’s legacy,” Langenkamp said last year. “You know, he travels the world making fans happy with his presence and his charm. I think he’s probably the best advocate for how important Freddy is in our horror community, how Freddy Krueger changed the genre to be this incredible juggernaut of money-making for Hollywood. I do believe that Robert Englund and all the ’80s monsters really changed film history and I think they deserve even more recognition than they get. If the way to do that would be to have a Freddy movie for Robert Englund at this incredible point in his own life, I think it would be fantastic.“
Are you down for a new NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film?