One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…
With Robert Englund reprising his iconic Freddy Krueger role for an episode of The Goldbergs this Wednesday, the genre favourite has teased fans that he may – just may – have one more Elm Street picture left in him.
Speaking on Access Live, Englund tantalisingly teased fans by saying, “I think they want to reboot the franchise, but they’re gonna new a new actor. They’re gonna need a new actor to play Freddy because they’re gonna have to do eight of them. I might have one left in me.”
From chatting to Englund at several points over the past few years, he’s often ruled out any more A Nightmare on Elm Street films for him, citing his age and the physicality needed for the Freddy role. And that’s essentially what he’s saying here, that he wouldn’t be able to commit to the likely plentiful further movies that would be lined up. But one more picture? That’s not out of the realms of possibility for Robert.
Of course, the Elm Street franchise was rebooted with 2010’s largely awful Jackie Earle Haley-headlined new take on Wes Craven’s original classic. Haley himself is a fine actor and a favourite of many, but that A Nightmare on Elm Street just failed on several fronts.
Early last year, it was revealed that New Line is again rebooting the Elm Street franchise, with The Conjuring 2’s David Leslie Johnson currently working on a screenplay. At one point, Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation’s David F. Sandberg threw it out there that he’d be interested in tackling Freddy Krueger, but that was just some casual comments during a Reddit chat.
Whether anything comes of Englund’s comments, we’ll have to wait and see. There’s no disputing that Freddy Krueger – and Robert Englund for that matter – is an iconic horror figure, and one way to get fans back behind the Elm Street franchise would clearly be bringing Englund back to his most famous role.