Platinum Dunes was once the go-to studio for rebooting classic horror icons in the most generic of ways possible. They’ve already done this with Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, but they want to do it to one of those franchises yet again.
Yes, I’m talking about Elm Street, which was last horribly re-imagined for the screen starring Jackie Earle Haley as the gloved dream-killer.
It was directed by music video hack Samuel Bayer with little to no effort being put to good use and it’s probably the worst thing that Platinum Dunes has ever touched.
I actually didn’t mind their Texas Chainsaw installments, but wasn’t too fond of what they did to Jason or Freddy.
The problem here is that Robert Englund is and will always be Freddy Krueger.
You can’t just cover up his face or cast someone else to look like him.
Freddy Krueger is one of those rare characters that actually matters and Englund brought so much raw energy and talent to the character over the years.
But New Line wants to reboot the series yet again, with rumors swirling that Orphan writer David Johnson is working on a script.
Orphan was a solid horror film, which gives this reboot hope, but in the end it’ll all come down to the director and just how much freedom is given from the studio in terms of budget and direction of the story.
Freddy was always going to be the hardest horror icon to re-do and it’s never going to work if the studio isn’t completely behind the idea of taking the series in a completely different direction or bringing back Englund for one last go.
I’d love to see Englund return, but I’d also love to see a film deal with dreams a little differently or even give us some real back story to the pre-dream Freddy that murdered his way into the famous Christmas sweater.
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