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Back in 2010 Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema teamed together to bring us the Platinum Dunes produced reboot of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The film was directed by Samuel Bayer and starred Jackie Earl Haley as Freddy Krueger. Needless to say, the majority of fans were not impressed with the final product.
Last summer we learned that New Line Cinema was planning on taking A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and giving it yet another reboot with "the studio going back to the drawing board, working to create a remake worthy of the original." ORPHAN scribe David Leslie Johnson was hired to pen the script.
Since then, all has been silent on the project but one person is certainly voicing his opinions. The original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, recently did a Q&A at the Belfast Comic-con saying:
"Well, there’s been some talk that they might reboot Nightmare 3, which may be the most popular of all the films. I’ve heard that they may combine it with part 4, I’m not sure. I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantankerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience."
Regardless of what the story will be about, Englund's desire to take part in the next installment appears very strong. Many fans cannot accept another actor taking on the role of Freddy and feel that Englund should put on the makeup one last time.
Englund went on to speak about the 2010 remake saying:
"The problem with the remake was that it came out too soon. We had just released the digitally remastered Blu-ray boxset of all eight of the films and then they brought out the remake almost straight after.
I think they just brought it out too soon but it had an amazing cast. Rooney Mara played Nancy and I’m a big fan of Clancy Brown. But they reshot the opening and it threw the movie off kilter. You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted. You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation."
He offered his thoughts on Jackie Earle Haley's version of Freddy:
"I think in trying to make him different, they may have decided to make him too real. Freddy does not exist in reality, he only exists in imaginations."
We will continue to bring you more on the next ELM STREET movie as we hear it.