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The Conjuring writer says A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot is 'inevitable'

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Dec 26, 2018

With director David Gordon Green's acclaimed Halloween sequel/reboot turning out to be a major success, can a relaunch for one of horror's other iconic boogeymen be far behind?

Now that the latest entry in the Halloween series has proven that one of the genre's most well-worn franchises can be given a fresh spin and made scary again, it seems inevitable that Hollywood might want to try the same tack with one of Michael Myers' other contemporaries, Freddy Krueger.

In fact, "inevitable" is the exact word used by Aquaman and The Conjuring 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick when he was asked by Gamespot about a relaunch of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Johnson-McGoldrick was tasked with penning a screenplay for a new Nightmare back in 2015, but little has been heard about it since.

However, Johnson-McGoldrick hints that the project is still active, but just on hold for now: "It's still happening. 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."

Johnson-McGoldrick has actually been writing The Conjuring 3, which goes into production next year, so it makes sense that he's put A Nightmare on Elm Street down for a while. The series itself has had a bumpy couple of decades: after the initial string of seven films concluded in 1994 with the meta Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy showed up in 2003's Freddy vs. Jason before the original 1984 film was remade in 2010.

That was the first film in which Freddy was not played by Robert Englund, with Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach in 2009's Watchmen) accepting the challenge of stepping into Englund's shoes. While the movie was a modest hit ($115 million worldwide box office), fans and critics alike were not too pleased with Haley's performance or the fact that the movie was just a retread of the original.

Of course, the question is: should A Nightmare on Elm Street be rebooted/remade again? While the new Halloween was a gamble that paid off, both Freddy and the other member of the slasher horror trinity, Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th infamy, have not had similar luck. Do you think Freddy should be given another chance to claw his way back onto movie screens, or is the world simply ready for newer nightmares?

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