Another ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Reboot Is in the Works
It was only five years ago that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes released their reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as iconic boogeyman Freddy Krueger. That reboot didn’t go over so well — Haley was the only highlight in an otherwise drab and underwhelming horror flick. It seems New Line didn’t learn much from that attempt at restarting the franchise, as the studio is currently plotting yet another reboot.
According to The Tracking Board, New Line Cinema is moving ahead with another reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, based on Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic that kickstarted a long-running franchise. That franchise culminated with Freddy vs Jason, which pitted the franchise boogeymen against one another in a fairly OK mashup.
Plot details for New Line’s new Nightmare reboot are currently unknown, though the film will certainly feature the iconic killer. Per his mythology, Krueger was a child-killer who was ultimately exonerated due to a legal technicality. Local parents rallied together and trapped him in a boiler room, where he was burned alive. Krueger resurfaces years later, appearing in the nightmares of teenagers who live in his old neighborhood and taking his revenge by murdering them in their sleep.
The reboot is being written by David Leslie Johnson, the screenwriter behind Orphan, the 2009 psychological horror film.