Ready to revisit Elm Street? We hope so, for the nefarious figure of Freddy Krueger could soon be looming large once again.
Courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, the estate of Wes Craven is actively listening to pitches for a new take on A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Craven’s estate gained the US rights to the Elm Street property and Freddy a couple of months ago, and now said estate is interested in hearing what ideas people have for the knife-fingered child killer. It’s believed that these pitches could be for either a movie or a long-form TV series.
This isn’t the first time that rumblings of a new Elm Street have reared their head in recent years, of course. Two years ago, The Conjuring series’ David Leslie Johnson was working on an Elm Street screenplay for New Line, while Lights Out and Shazam!’s David F. Sandberg had shown some interesting in directing any such new movie.
Likewise, Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah have been very public in making it clear that tackling A Nightmare on Elm Street through their SpectreVision banner is something they’ve dreamed of.
Starring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street was released back in 1994. The main franchise itself would span seven movies, before 2003 served up the Freddy vs. Jason crossover offering.
Of course, the Elm Street franchise was rebooted with 2010’s largely awful Jackie Earle Haley-headlined new take on 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.
As ever, expect more on all things Elm Street if and when they develop further.