A little while back I posted an article relating to some of the legal issues relating to the Friday the 13th series and the Nightmare on Elm Street Series. This article is very much intended to accompany that article and provide an update of sorts to that article.
An unlikely name has emerged as a contender to take on the dormant Nightmare on Elm Street series, during an interview with comingsoon.net, Elijah Wood has said that his production company SpectreVision would love to take on a reboot of the Freddy Krueger fronted franchise.
Listed as one of 5 franchises that he would like to take on Elijah went onto describe a potential Nightmare on Elm Street reboot as a ‘dream project’. He went on;
“It definitely has that aspect of pie in the sky, of getting to play in a certain sandbox, you know? 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,” added Wood.
“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.”
It is always interesting to get other people’s take on a classic franchise such as Elm Street and the possibilities could be for a new film in the series, especially after the 2010 flopped so much which I always thought was a little harsh on the film, especially when you consider entries in the series like The Dream Child and Freddy’s Dead were so camped up they could barely be described as horror. That could be a subject for a while other article though.
Wood’s business partner Daniel Noah also says, interestingly, that they have been in contact with the rights holders (of A Nightmare on Elm Street) ‘many times’. It is unclear how advanced these talks might have got or even if there is any real possibility of Freddy being resurrected by SpectreVision any time soon it has certainly got people talking and the fact that Wood’s productionb company has already been involved with a number of other well received horror movies (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Mandy) seems to add a little bit of excitement to these rumours too.
I’m sure that there is still plenty of mileage left in the series at the moment and in the right hands we could still have an Elm Street movie that is equally exciting and terrifying, I still have some hope that somehow, someday the fabled Peter Jackson script that was supposed to become Elm Street 6 can still see the light of day as this was a really interesting idea. We will certainly have more on these pages if and when anything else develops from this.