The NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise has had a profound impact on the horror genre. The late Wes Craven’s creation is loved by many, so much so that the half-hearted 2010 remake is almost universally despised by both critics as well as fans of the franchise (myself included, although I will give the remake some credit; Jackie Earle Haley was a delight!). Last month, fans were treated to an exclusive report from The Tracking Board that New Line is taking the series back to the drawing board to create a film “worthy of the original.” Plot details are scarce at the moment, but David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to script. Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee the project for New Line.
Though it’s easy to see why New Line would want to forget about its previous collaboration with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dune, seeing as it was all sorts of terrible and makes A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 seem like cinematic gold by comparison, this news did have many fans wondering what the story would entail. Though everyone would like to forget the 2010 film exists, most fans seem to agree that retreading the original story would be more than a little repetitive. Robert Englund, the original Freddy Krueger, has a theory about what the studio might have in mind. In an interview with Red Carpet News TV, he made a prediction that A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS is the next film in the series slated for a remake.
“Well, I left America before this really sort of hit the tweets, and my only knowledge or gossip is that apparently they approached Tuesday Knight – she’s the young actress from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 4, who replaced Patricia Arquette. I was trying to think ‘what does that mean?’ They can’t possibly be remaking NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 1 again – they just did that. I think they may be remaking NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 3.”
“This is all speculation. Part 3, DREAM WARRIORS, is the most successful film, and the most popular of the franchise. And it would make sense for them on a kind of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET cinematic pun, to hire Tuesday to play the mother in part 3, Patricia Arquette’s mother, because that would mean she’s playing her own mother. Obviously Tuesday’s older now, it kind of makes sense. So that’s my theory.”
“They’re not gonna bring me back for Freddy, but perhaps they would bring me back in a cameo as the elderly dream expert at the local clinic for dream analysis or dream therapy or something like that. Maybe they would be smart or wise enough to capitalize on that.”
For anyone who caught our segment “If You Haven’t Seen This, We Can’t Be Friends” on the Movie Chickk News Show a few weeks ago, you’ll know that I, like many fans, consider DREAM WARRIORS to be the best film in the franchise, and if you disagree, then I’m afraid those are fightin’ words. It perfectly blends the genuine terror from the first film with the campy humor that people have come to associate with Freddy Krueger. The only problem I see with trying to remake this movie is that a huge component of the film is Nancy returning to Springwood to mentor the kids currently being tormented by Freddy. However, I feel like the film can work around this since we’ve already seen two takes on the first film; we know Nancy’s story, we’ve seen it twice (three if you count WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE) so it should be fine skipping it and going straight to the portion of her story where she acts as a mentor to others. Anything about this new iteration of Nancy could be given in the form of exposition or a flashback as she explains to the kids about the monster they have to overcome. Though the idea of remaking something that’s already really great seems unnecessary to me, the fact of the matter is that the franchise is clearly going to continue, so it’s good to hear that things might be going in the right direction.
What do you think of Englund’s theory? Do you want to see a modern update of DREAM WARRIORS, or do you think that news of another remake is just a nightmare? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!