All Things Elm Street

It seems that this blog page is quickly becoming all about Freddy Krueger (hence the headline!) given that the last article published was also about Elm Street – moreover the future of the series and the following article is no different. I’ve chosen to include these due to A Nightmare on Elm Street being a hugely popular franchise within the horror community and the one series that horror fans want to see back on the big screen – if it is done properly. The following article was originally published by Bloody Disgusting and here it is it’s original form – I will comment on it at the end;

Outside of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise that’s trapped in legal hell, the big horror bads are all making a big comeback.

Bloody Disgusting broke the news of Michael Myers and Halloween‘s escape from Dimension Films, which resulted in Blumhouse aligning with Universal and Miramax to bring the Shape back to the big screen. We also were the first to tell you that Leatherface and the Sawyer family will return in a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Legendary Pictures and Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez, who will both produce. Bloody also revealed first to our readers that Spyglass is developing a brand new Scream that will resurrect Ghostface.

But what about Wes Craven‘s other horror icon?

We exclusively told you two months ago that the U.S. rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street have reverted back to Wes Craven’s estate. This also included its red and green sweater/fedora-wearing dream demon, Freddy Krueger.

Now, Bloody Disgusting can also exclusively report that Craven’s estate has begun work on resurrecting Freddy as they are actively taking pitches for a new A Nightmare on Elm Street. While we don’t know exactly what the estate’s plans are – or if they have any distributor/financial deals in place – we have heard that they are looking for both feature film pitches and also concepts for a possible HBO Max series. Again, we do not know the extent of their plans – and it’s also entirely possible they don’t know what they want either.

Let’s talk about this for a second.

The Elm Street situation is less complicated than that of Friday the 13th in that Craven created Freddy Krueger and wrote the original screenplay for the New Line Cinema-produced/released A Nightmare on Elm Street. In layman’s terms, Wes Craven’s estate is the sole owner of the U.S. rights to Freddy and NOES, while New Line Cinema continues to own the international rights.

Craven’s estate can keep it simple and make a deal with Warner Bros./New Line Cinema and keep it all in the family. Or, a slightly more complicated route would be to align with a different domestic distributor (Sony, Lionsgate, Universal, etc.) that would partner with Warner/New Line, the latter of which would handle the international release.

What we don’t know is this: does the Craven estate have a deal in place already or are they taking pitches that they’ll, in turn, develop and use to sell to a distributor?

The good news here is that – unlike Friday the 13th – there’s nothing holding Craven’s estate back from giving Freddy and NOES back to the fans. And by the sound of it, they’re already working diligently to make sure our dreams come true.

Watch this spot for more info as it comes in. What are you expecting/hoping for from the future of Elm Street?

This does come across as very interesting news indeed and will indeed make many mouths water at the prospect of the sorts of pitches that may be coming into Wes Craven’s estate. I’m sure there will be just as many people will be cautious about this news and will have plenty of trepidation over how the character and story will be treated.

In my last article entitled ‘Frodo Krueger’, I mentioned the unpopular 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street reboot and this is a great example of how a good story or character elements can actually not be received that well by the audience. I actually enjoyed how the reboot made Freddy a child molester – this, to me, was the perfect way to make people hate Freddy and make him a villain again. Let’s be honest here, in most of the original sequels, Freddy is the hero of the films really as that is who you want to see which I think is how you end up with Super Freddy and Wicked Witch of the West Freddy in Nightmare 5 & 6 respectively. Freddy should be the antagonist, he should be feared and not revered. I hope that any new film finds a way in which to make Freddy feared again.

There are certainly lots of possibilities for the future of the series and I do hope that Wes Craven’s estate have as clear a vision for the future of the character as Wes Craven himself would have. It was no coincidence that one of the best sequels was Wes Craven’s New Nightmare which in turn spawned the original Scream film (go back and watch the two as a double feature – it’s easy to see the similarities). Time will tell but it is certainly exciting times for any Freddy fanatics.

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