One, Two… Freddy’s Getting a Reboot

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Three, Four a Remake’s in Store.

In an effort to ensure that audiences never sleep again, New Line Cinema is moving forward with a remake/reboot of the iconic horror franchise NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Plans are to scrap the lackluster 2010 reboot and start with a fresh new take. Plot details are kept under lock and key, though fans can safely assume that the red-and-green sweater/fedora wearing Freddy Krueger will once again be up to his old tricks, ready to terrorize a new group of sleep-deprived youngsters.

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Ever since Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street gave birth to horror icon Freddy Krueger, the franchise has become a cultural phenomenon and established its place alongside slasher faves like Halloween and Friday The 13th. Spanning nine films in total, including a remake and crossover Freddy Vs. Jason, the series has also spun-off into other media, generating over twelve novels, multiple comic books, several video games, and even a television series.

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In 2010, Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes produced a remake with New Line, which served as an intended reboot of the series. That outing, which starred Rooney Mara and Jackie Earle Haley, was tarnished by critics and met with general disdain from fans of the franchise. I’m hearing that the studio’s now going back to the drawing board, working to create a remake worthy of the original. New Line, often called “the house that Freddy built,” owes a great deal to the series, as the first film’s success kicked off the growth of the then small distributor.

 

Johnson, who just earlier this week was announced to write Warner Bros. Dungeons And Dragons adaptation, fits the series like a glove with razors, as the former Walking Dead writer is forging a new presence in the horror space. The Wrath of The Titans scribe is next penning James Wan’s Conjuring sequel The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Disney’s horror Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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What do you think – can New Line get it right this time?

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