When you think classic horror films only a few rank at the top of any list John Carpenter’s Halloween, Friday The 13th and of course Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm St. The Nightmare franchise went on to spawn 7 films. 8 of you count the too little too late Jason v Freddy, and since then has reigned in horror as one of the most recognized horror films throughout generation.
In 2010 a remake was released but not received so well. Even the original ‘Freddy’ [Robert Englund] himself stated he Believed “it wasn’t received with open arms because of its timing”. Well, how about now?
How about Elijah Wood? and his fellow SpectreVision producer Daniel Noah who are eager to get their hands on a Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, and have even attempted to work out something with the rights holders.
In a recent interview with Coming Soon, SpectreVision’s Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah both mentioned their interest in a potential Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. “We’ve been in touch with the rights holders many times,” Noah said. “It’s a real dream project for us to have a chance to make a film in that franchise. And like I said, we have a very specific take on it. I think it would be very surprising and exciting to remake the franchise.”
“Yeah, and it definitely has that aspect of pie in the sky, of getting to play in a certain sandbox, you know? It’s a universe and a character and an idea that would be a fun sandbox to play in. It’s trying to do something different. With a lot of these classic horror films that have seen so many sequels, eventually it sort of plays itself out a little bit.”
SpectreVision has a good track record in the horror genre, producing titles like Mandy, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Boy, and more, including the upcoming Daniel Isn’t Real, which is about a grown man who reconnects with his deadly imaginary friend from childhood.
“We have long fantasized having a crack at Nightmare on Elm Street,” Noah said. “So has [director] Adam Egypt Mortimer, who we just made Daniel Isn’t Real with. That film and Elm Street have somewhat obscure but still tangible similarities of dream worlds. As people have been seeing Daniel Isn’t Real, interestingly, there’s been a little movement on Twitter for Adam Mortimer to take over Nightmare on Elm Street.”
After the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street remake failed, plans arose for yet another remake arose at New Line Cinema. But the second remake eventually entered development hell, and has remained there ever since. In 2018, David Leslie Johnson, who was tasked with writing the new remake, said: “Nothing is percolating just yet. The Conjuring universe is sort of first and foremost on [New Line Cinema’s] horror burner. Everybody wants to see Freddy again I think, so I think it’s inevitable at some point.”
What do you think? Should they take another slash at Freddy? Or should we let him rest for a few more generation? Let ya know what you think CritiX!