About a month ago, it was revealed that the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street would be getting the remake treatment yet again. It just happened in 2010, but it wasn’t the most successful film ever. Many horror fans were upset that Robert Englund wasn’t in the role of Freddy Krueger, but it appears that may be possible to happen again as the actor would love to return to the part.
Not just that, he wants to have Freddy Krueger take on Michael Myers of Halloween fame.
Bloody-Disgusting reported that Englund was recently told about the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and he’s not overly fond of it. He doesn’t think it’s something that should be done, but he does have a very specific view of it and also who should don the glove of Freddy Krueger.
“You don’t do remakes! I would do ‘Freddy 9’, you know? Or I would do ‘Freddy vs Michael Myers’. Or I would do a prequel.”
Wait, what? Seriously? Would the 68-year-old actor really don the make-up, red and green sweater, brown hat, and razor-sharp glove again? According to him, he would, and he’d love it is Freddy Krueger had different parts of his story told.
As reported by Us Magazine in early August, Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street will be getting the remake treatment, and it’s going to be written by David Leslie Johnson, who wrote the 2009 hit Orphan.
New Line Cinema will develop the film.
It was remade back in 2010 with Jackie Earle Haley in the role of the iconic villain, Freddy Krueger. With a budget of $35 million, it didn’t bomb by any means, but it didn’t do great. It took in $63 million domestically and $115 million worldwide.
Back in 2003, Freddy Vs. Jason was released and put the two horror icons up against one another for the first time ever. It had a production budget of $30 million and ended up with and overall worldwide box office total of just over $114 million.
While the film may not have been too well-received by critics nor have much longevity, it has done well storyline wise. At Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando, Freddy vs. Jason is actually one of the main haunted houses that is said to be doing very well.
Pitting Freddy Krueger vs. Michael Myers would be another horror match-up for the ages as it’s just two guys that simply won’t die. At the end of Freddy vs. Jason, there was even a hint that another film could come, but it never did.
The last Halloween movie that was released was Halloween II in 2009 and it was directed by Rob Zombie as a sort of remake or “re-imagining.” Filming is scheduled to start on a sequel titled Halloween Returns in the fall of this year.
There hasn’t been a new Friday the 13th film since the Michael Bay remake back in 2009, but another one is coming. Paramount has set a release date of May 13, 2016, for the next installment i the series.
Robert Englund obviously doesn’t want to be done with the franchise of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he wants the role of Freddy Krueger back for him. Horror fans would give anything to have a new film that included him and get back at Adam Sandler for ruining what could have been a great Nightmare addition to the franchise.
Whether it’s simply another sequel of A Nightmare on Elm Street or Freddy 9 or Freddy Krueger vs. Michael Myers, New Line has to see that putting the glove back on Robert Englund’s hand is the right thing to do. It would be an instant hit and something that fans would immediately accept.
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