In a recent Top Ten With Tia, I expressed that I didn’t believe anyone could take Robert Englund’s place as the horror movie icon Freddy Krueger. My prime example being not only did they try and fail in 2010, but over the years multiple people have played Jason Voorhees and Michael Meyers. Only one man has brought us the real Freddy Krueger.
Still, with Halloween 2018 being successful and breeding a sequel, Halloween Kills, I’m sure the question will come: what about a Nightmare on Elm Street reboot? After an interview with Slash Film, Englund stated (after having reprised the role for an episode of The Goldbergs):
“I think they want to reboot the franchise, but they’re gonna need a new actor. They’re gonna need a new actor to play Freddy because they’re gonna have to do eight of them. I might have one left in me… but yeah.”
In an article from ComicBook.com, it was reported that Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah’s production company SpectreVision was looking at possibly rebooting the franchise:
“It’s a real dream project for us to have a chance to make a film in that franchise,” Noah says. “And like I said, we have a very specific take on it. I think it would be very surprising and exciting to remake the franchise.”
“Yeah, and it definitely has that aspect of pie in the sky, of getting to play in a certain sandbox, you know?” Wood says. “It’s a universe and a character and an idea that would be a fun sandbox to play in. It’s trying to do something different. With a lot of these classic horror films that have seen so many sequels, eventually it sort of plays itself out a little bit. It’s also interesting to think about what could we do with a franchise like that which reinvents itself or creates something that is playing with the tone and key of the franchise, but is doing it differently or taking it in a slightly new direction. It’s a fun way to think about those things.”
“There’s also an understandable aversion to stirring the pot too much with a formula that’s been successful. John Carpenter’s original conception of the Halloween franchise was that every year, there would be a new Halloween story. He never intended for like a Myers return, and when the studio kind of forced that as a sequel, he was able to finally come back around with Part 3. He said, ‘No, I want to do my thing.’ And he did Season of the Witch, which we think is an incredible Halloween film. Incredible. The fans were extremely confused and angry because they had established this expectation of Halloween is Michael Myers. I think it’s understandable. You don’t want to shake up a formula that’s working. But on the flipside, when you’re just repeating the same formula, it’s kind of diminishing returns. They already did that well, is our point of view. That’s been handled. What are other avenues, what are other neighborhoods in this world that can be used or investigated?”
Wes Craven’s estate controls the rights to the movie franchise and Freddy Krueger. While Englund has stated that he possibly has one more left in him if you “shot [him] up with vitamin C”, we’re going to get used to a new Freddy.
Who do you see capable of bringing Freddy Krueger to life?
A girl with too many fandoms to count.