With their creative coffers apparently gutted of anything resembling an original idea, Hollywood is hauling out and dusting off yet another storied franchise to revamp and reinvigorate, this time in the garb of horror hero Freddy Krueger. News broke yesterday of New Line Cinema's questionable plans to resurrect Freddy once again, and after the rowdy chorus of gags and groans had subsided, fans quickly recalled that we were just given a reboot of the Wes Craven-created wacko five years ago with 2010's uninspiring A Nightmare of Elm Street, directed by Samuel Bayer and starring Jackie Earle Haley (The Watchmen). Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes was behind the last tepid remake but is not involved with this latest version.
Ex-Walking Dead writer David Leslie Johnson has been recruited to pen the screenplay, and with word he'll also be writing Warner Bros,' Dungeons and Dragons reboot, a sequel to James Wan's The Conjuring, titled The Enfield Poltergeist, AND working on Disney's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, he seems perfectly suited to the task, but we just can't see where he'll have the time!
With iconic franchises like Ghostbusters and Halloween getting multiple remakes and reimaginings, it's puzzling what exactly New Line has in mind for this new iteration of the psycho dream-slasher, but we're hesitantly optimistic if the studio can find itself a proper Freddy to terrorize the screen. A Nightmare on Elm Street's money machine started with Wes Craven's 1984 original and has spawned eight sequels, crossovers and remakes, hauling in nearly $500 million in total box-office receipts, not to mention the mountains of masks, mementos and merchandise stamped with the Freddy likeness. Maybe somebody should just knock on Robert Englund's door and see if he might be willing to lace up the dirty leather gloves for another round!
How Warner Bros. and New Line will steer Freddy back into the limelight after such a recent remake will be curious to observe, and we'll keep you posted on any vital decisions, directorial picks and casting choices.
Any suggestions on exactly how to re-create Freddy and make him relevant ... again?!