'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Update! It's Not Going To Be Robert Englund.
Robert Englund has become the Brett Favre of horror slashers. The ultimate Freddy Krueger just cannot decide whether or not he wants to play anymore. Not that I blame him. The franchise has moved with the urgency of an old man trying to choose which chips to purchase at the supermarket. I should know.
That being said, he's not completely blameless. There was a long time where Englund said he was done with the character of Freddy Krueger. Which of course, is his right. He doesn't owe a thing to this franchise anymore but I imagine that choice didn't help move things along at the studios either. Then he changed his mind and came back for an appearance in the TV show 'The Goldbergs' of all things? Then he changed his mind and said he felt like he had one more in him. Then nobody did anything about it.
In recent months BloodyDisgusting.com reported the rights to NOES had reverted back to the Wes Craven estate and that they were now accepting pitches for the next project. Excitement ensued in my pantaloons.
What also ensued was the debate over whether or not they should bring Englund back to play Freddy. In a perfect world, duh. He IS Freddy Krueger. At the same time, slashers are all about sequels and if he can't come back for multiple films, how do you grow this thing? STOP YELLING AT ME GREG, IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAYS. Englund once again has said he's done with the character.....but maybe not the franchise.
Here's what he told EW:
“I don’t think I’ll ever don the makeup again. I’m a little too old for that. I’m a little long in the tooth to play Freddy now. I think if I was doing it, it would be more like Freddy vs. Viagra. I know that the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street have gone back to the Wes Craven family estate and I know they’ve looked at a lot of different submissions and ideas. I’m hoping they’re open-minded, because there’s a lot of young screenwriters and wannabe director-screenwriters that have been kind of obsessed with the horror genre and have some interesting ideas. I would love to be invited back if they decide to reboot 'A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: The Dream Warriors'. I would love to come back and maybe play the dream analyst, the woman in the therapy sessions who doesn’t believe that there can be such a thing as a collective nightmare that’s common to a group of people. I think it would be fun for the fans, it would be fun for me to play the part originally played by a woman and do a flip on that. I think there’s kind of a tradition in the horror genre of cameos like that, so that would be fun for me. But I have no idea whether they’re going to go on and create completely new stories or whether they’re going to go back and do prequels or origin stories on the Freddy Krueger myth. I don’t know what they’re up to. So, I’m just waiting to hear.”
There you have it. I also have to say that I agree. Bringing Robert Englund back into the fold to play a role he can continue to play for possibly years to come is the perfect way to say thank you to the man who helped build the franchise. He gets to continue to contribute to the franchise he loves and gets to show a different side of his acting abilities to the audience who will appreciate them most.
That being said, what should happen next? Remake, reboot, sequel? A reboot of 'Dream Warriors'? Will that be hard for general audiences to grasp? We're going to break down this news and talk about all the possibilities this Monday on Episode 1 of our brand new weekly show, covering everything that happens in the land of horror and so much more. If you'd like to be a part of a 90's blast from the past movie show that doesn't give much of a fuck about anything but having a good time and talking about movie shit like old friends at the pub, be sure to subscribe here.
Also, you can check out our latest ANOES update where we breakdown what Elijah Wood and his company Spectrevision are hoping to do with the property, should they get the opportunity. Thanks for your time!