If you live on Elm Street, you might want to think about stocking up on your favorite caffeinated beverages because that haunter of nightmares, Freddy Krueger is set to be making a comeback.
New Line Cinema has announced that it will be joining with Platinum Dunes productions, the people behind the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hitcher re-dos, to revamp the 80s classic Nightmare On Elm Street franchise originally created by horror maestro Wes Craven. New Line and Platinum also have remakes of Friday The 13th and Hitchcock’s classic The Birds currently in the production pipeline.
Due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike, no scribe has been hired for the project and it is very probable that they will recast the entire film, meaning no more Robert Englund as Freddy.
While I haven’t seen the their Hitcher remake, I have to admit to not be very impressed with Platinum Dunes Chainsaw Massacre revamp, it striking me as more flash than substance. Nightmare On Elm Street is one of those few horror films where the concept allowed for some interesting character exploration, showing their fears and flaws through dream imagery that Freddy would manipulate to torture his victims. Let us hope that this is not forgotten when development of the film gets underway.