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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Reboot Update; IMDb Plot is FAKE

Freddy will soon be back… but how soon?

We reported back in 2015 that A Nightmare On Elm Street was getting another reboot courtesy of Warner Bros./New Line Cinema, with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) hired to pen the script. All went quiet on that front immediately thereafter, but Elm Street talks picked up again this week when Johnson was tapped to write The Conjuring 3.

Several fans, as well as websites, navigated over to Johnson’s IMDb page in the wake of the news, finding that not only was he still attached to write the upcoming Elm Street reboot, but that the website’s entry had an allegedly leaked plot description on it.

That plot, without anyone checking to see if it was legit, started spreading around the web…

When Brenton Higgins begins to appear in other people’s dreams at will, he has no idea that he is the illegitimate son of Freddy Krueger. Recently moving back to Elm Street, Brenton discovers his hidden past and finds himself on a collision cause with Freddy himself. Brenton is also pursued by a mysterious secret government agency, led by Professor Matthew Luk. They want his gift. What they don’t know is that they will get Krueger, with hell to pay.

We decided to do some digging of our own, and we can confirm today that the above plot description, as you might have guessed, is 100% BOGUS. It’s common knowledge that IMDb can be edited by pretty much anyone, and it seems a fan must’ve gone in to spread a false rumor.

Thank god, because that plot rundown is godawful.

Bloody Disgusting can also confirm that the David Leslie Johnson-penned A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot is very much still in the works. At the moment, New Line is focusing all of their energy on the quickly expanding The Conjuring Universe as well as the upcoming two-part adaptation of IT, which would explain why we haven’t heard anything from the Elm Street camp since 2015. With Johnson now focusing on the third Conjuring, it could be a little while before we get some fresh news.

Keep your eyes locked here as we learn more.



COMMENTS

110 Comments
  • zombie84_41

    Why ? the last one they tried to reboot was fuckin awful I forgot it even existed. Fine an actor who can really do a fantastic job as freddy do a good plot, get the right director. Maybe just maybe it’ll be decent.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Zack Ward kind of looks Freddy-ish, although he was killed by Freddy in FvJ, so that might be confusing

      • zombie84_41

        IDK I think they should put this to rest.

  • Ocelot006 .

    It’s an exclusive that an plot synopsis that exists only on IMDb is fake? Wow. Top journalism marks.

  • Ocelot006 .

    And on another note….doesn’t sound god awful. Sounds like a movie.

  • Darkknight2149

    I hope Platinum Dunes isn’t involved in this. Also, an IMDB plot or cast member being fake isn’t exactly news; it happens every day.

  • Munchie

    You guys should just mark all of your articles as “exclusives.”

  • Rohan

    Do they need to reboot Elm Street again? Let’s face it, the only good elm street is the first one, well, the third one is ok, but all the rest are absolute shit. I’d only want a reboot or a sequel if they did something wildly different.

    • Chip

      …Third is amazing. Four is fun. Shut up.

      • Rohan

        Four is ok, it’s just not that good. I’ve never heard anyone say “Hey, I feel like watching Nightmare on Elm Street 4.” They are all very stupid, and can be fun sometimes but are overall just kind of, meh.

      • darklordofgorgoroth

        Third may be the best horror sequel ever. Fourth on the other hand, is a stupid horror comedy I can’t even watch anymore..

        • Chip

          …You make me so sad.

          • darklordofgorgoroth

            Why? Nightmare isn’t supposed to be bright and nice. It’s supposed to be creepy!

  • Aaron Johnson

    The reason that these reboots don’t work is because times have changed. Why doesn’t anyone get that? Franchises tap into the cultural zeitgeist of the time and times change. NOES was about paying for your parents sins, namely, the sexual revolution. F13 is about being afraid of your own freedom and sexuality, and being punished for it. TCSM is about the breakdown of the nuclear family and city people being afraid of rural people with a healthy dose of Vietnam mixed in. I could go on and on. Some newer ones? Paranormal Activity is about being spied on by the NSA. Saw is about our government condoning torture. You just cannot recapture lightning in a bottle. The reason that Texas Chainsaw never ends is because hillbillies are still scary, more or less, although the Michael Bay reboots had a lot more to do with Red State/ Blue State paranoia than it had to do with giggling cannibals hiding in rural America. Fear is ever present, but it’s a changing thing. If you wanna find the next big horror franchise, figure out what he next big fear is. Stop these reboots.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      They need to remake/reboot Maniac Cop. Cops are scary.

      • MadCows

        They are.

        • The Grave Plot Podcast

          Kind of. The synopsis sounds nothing like Maniac Cop.

      • Forca84

        They need to remake it and go all out. A high bodycount. The movies never lived up to the premise I thought.

    • Chip

      Except Freddy is an icon that can work in any decade. And last I checked, we’re still having generational issues, especially after what the people born in the 60s and 70s have done to use born in 80 and 90s.

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    Exclusive: the sky isn’t green.

  • Frank Bautista

    The synopsis sounds like some fan-made reboot pitch.

    As for the actual reboot, why don’t they go the route many movies are going, the reboot/sequel that acts as a reboot (by introducing new characters and a story that is its own for new audience members to follow), but is also a sequel (by acknowledging the events of previous movies took place, and also reference some events or characters as important to “events of the past”). Wouldn’t be too hard, actually. One of my ideas I had was the the kids investigate Westin Hill’s ruins (basically long abandoned and a site for urban explorers) and find audio tapes of Nancy Thompson (taken after the events of the first movie, but before the events of Dream Warriors), and get Heather Langenkamp to record audio for them (basically sessions of Nancy and a therapist discussing the events of the first movie and Freddy). That would be pretty cool.

    • John Connor

      Problem with trying to make a sequel is that it would be pointless without Englund, who has stated that he’s absolutely done with playing Freddy.

    • Brian McNatt

      Not bad, actually. Perhaps listening to the tapes reignites the spark of Freddy’s memory in the town, bringing Freddy back to begin his killings again.

  • John Connor

    I have an outline for a remake.
    Very different from what came before with hints of the old.
    Wish I was on the inside to make a pitch.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Post it

    • Chip

      Post it somewhere on Reddit.

    • Ocelot006 .

      I work for New Line. Pitch it to me

      • John Connor

        The thing is that it could also work as a standalone unrelated to ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’.

        • Ocelot006 .

          Who is gonna steal it here?

          • John Connor

            Well, anyone, especially someone like you that works for New Line.
            People here would hate it anyway. Its different.

          • Ocelot006 .

            Well then why bring up your idea if you don’t wanna share it?

          • John Connor

            I’d share it with someone that could get it made.

          • Ocelot006 .

            Why can’t you get it made?

          • John Connor

            I’d need funding and the permission/collaboration with New Line.

          • Ocelot006 .

            How much do you need?

          • John Connor

            The budget would probably be around 5 million.
            I don’t need anything.

          • Ocelot006 .

            Well get yourself five million.

  • Mark Cuckerburg

    IMDB, you are fake news.

  • Bart Crowe

    While I hated the Platinum Dunes remake I did like the idea of micro naps caused by sleep deprivation. Unfortunately it isn’t really used save for a scene or two.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Well I think they realized the micro nap idea sounded better on paper. Not much to do with it in practice.

      • Bart Crowe

        Freddy killing people in public places. Bam I used the idea.

      • darklordofgorgoroth

        The micro-naps worked like a charm in the original series, though..

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      The micro-nap thing was in the franchise since the first movie. Read the script for part 1, where the word “micro-nap” is freaking highlighted. Micro-naps are present in absolutely every single Nightmare movie. They just didn’t use it ad nauseum to have an excuse for Freddy popping up saying “boo!” every other minute!
      In the remake it IS used ad nauseum, like every other minute.. PD took credit for Wes’ idea, plain and simple, only because it wasn’t broadcast!

      • Bart Crowe

        Thanks for that. I knew it felt wrong saying something positive about a Platinum Dune remake.

      • Frank Bautista

        With Platinum Dunes, there was no subtlety to the micro-naps. You could TELL the point someone enters a dream and when someone is awake. With Wes’s original, the lines were blurred to the point it was a mindfuck to the audience. It was meant to question what was real and what was dream, ESPECIALLY the more tired Nancy became. There was no heavy distinction between the dream and waking world, both started to merge seamlessly to the point that Nancy was questioning her sanity.

        • darklordofgorgoroth

          Oh, I know. That was probably one of the most annoying things about the remake, making it painfully obvious when they enter the dreamworld. To this day I STILL can’t pinpoint exactly the exact moment when people fall asleep in the original!

  • Weresmurf

    Are you kidding? That sounds like a better plot than half the goddamn Elm St movies that were actually made!

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      No, it most certainly doesn’t. However, they should have stopped at 3

      • Weresmurf

        Most certainly does. Tell me just how great part 6’s plot was again? How about 5’s with the ‘dream child’? How did they turn out again? Fucking awful that’s how.

        • darklordofgorgoroth

          Not denying that ANOES 4-6 were terrible. However, they’re academy award material compared to this particular (fake) pitch. Fact! Even the remake is better than this synopsis. SMFH

  • To be honest that plot doesn’t sound terrible. It at least takes it in a different direction which is more than I can say for half of the other NOES sequels.

    • Brian McNatt

      The part about the government getting involved was promising, but the illegitimate son bit basically sounds like a poor copy of Freddy’s Dead: the Final Nightmare, and that’s already one of the lesser films in the series.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Yeah I mean it sounds like something that could be good. Could be bad. It’s simply enough of an idea. ‘God awful’ as John Squires puts it sounds like a bit much.

  • Khy

    Sounds like one of those Black Flame Nightmare novels

  • Francesco Falciani

    come on, New Line won’t resurrect Freddy any time soon…they have the biggest horror unverse ever and with one or two movies every year they won’t stop it any time soon. “It” will be huge…so…sadly we have to say good bye to Jason and Freddy at least for the next 8 years.

    • pablitonizer

      Agree with you! New Line discovered gold with The Conjuring franchise, not only in the US but around the world. I’m also guessing we won’t get any other Freddy film at least in the next 5 years! such a shame an icon like Freddy was so wrongly used in the 2010 reboot…

      • Francesco Falciani

        right, they also have the right source to do it right this time, with James wan and his atomic.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    I kind of like that plot.

    • Chip

      It’s basically Freddy’s Dead mixed with III though. Not really all that creative.

      • Ocelot006 .

        People like Dream Warriors. People like Freddy’s Dead. Therefore this guy likes it.

  • MadCows

    Honestly, why can’t they get some young actor to play Freddy, put him in makeup to resemble the older Freddy (not that remake thing). Then have Robert Englund record the voice. That way Englund wouldn’t have to bother with all the makeup stuff. I’m sure you could make it work. There are some crazy masks out there they look exactly like Englund’s Freddy, so I’m sure a talented FX studio could pull it off. Also, if Brad Dourif is still voicing Chucky then Englund can do Freddy.

    • Sulphurdew

      Don’t give them ideas!

      • MadCows

        LOL

  • Blood Boil

    Freddy Krueger! Jason Vorhees! Leatherface! and now the new face of terror….Brenton Higgins! His daddy is a lawyer

  • Bumper1

    just dig out Peter Jacksons old script and get making!!

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      Hell, no. That script sounded like a parody on the level of the Scary Movie series!

  • Bloodspatta

    With The Conjuring universe in full swing, and the upcoming IT, which will no doubt be a smash New Line have their hands full. I wouldn’t expect a trip to Elm St any time soon.

    • Chip

      If anything, the way IT is being shot, it really feels like they’re testing the waters for fantasy horror. Several times during the two IT trailers I kept getting huge Elm Street III and IV vibes. So if IT succeeds, that could be all they need to ramp up and bring back the Elm Street franchise to it’s former glory of III and IV.

      • James B.

        That seems more like pt.6 to me. Noes 6 had the most fantasy themes of all of the movies even the opening with the dream bus and Freddy.

  • Necro

    As much as prequels and origin stories are pretty much now an excuse rather than a necessity to make another needless film in franchises, I personally would’ve liked to see a prequel to ‘NOES’ and see ‘Freddy’ before the burnt version when he preyed on the children. And just see that whole story played out leading up to him becoming the dream demon. This may not be a good idea so much anymore today but awhile back maybe. Only Robert though, no other actor could bring it like he did.

    So this reboot is another altogether or somehow tied into the 2010 version?

    • Chip

      Why do you want to see that though? What’s the appeal?

      • Necro

        Well years ago when this might’ve been a decent idea I always thought especially in the first three films that Robert was so creepy and sinister when he was taking out teens scaring the shit out of them. So I said to my friend at the time Robert plays this character so well in full makeup scaring the hell out of people can you imagine him getting to show his sick side before all the burns and shit. Being able to show how sick he really was before and what those children must have seen and felt by him. I was just looking at it from an acting perspective and how scary he was in makeup and to be able to see the true monster without the makeup. Lets face it child abductors/killers are real life monsters. That was the appeal for me. I know it would’ve been a tricky film to make but just Robert’s acting and what we know is creepy. And even though it’s a small sample size you KIND OF get a glimpse of what I mean in part 6 in the scene where he’s killing his wife and his little girl finds all his “special work” stuff. “We need to talk Loretta” man he is so twisted!

        • Chip

          Eh. You’re on your own then. No thank you.

          • Necro

            Thanks for thinking about it though

  • Chip

    All I know is I really freaking want Kevin Bacon in the role as Freddy.

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      Why?!

  • Nick Blackford

    The new Pennywise might be enough to convince people that Freddy could be envisaged differently and still somehow work. I can’t quite see it yet, but I’ll take anything I can get!

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      The trailers for the new IT adaption actually gives me elm street vibes

  • James B.

    Call me crazy, but that above plot was sounding good up until that Professor part. Would’ve been nice to expand the Freddy universe woth his offspring. I guess they could’ve somehow tied that in with pt.5 Jacob.

  • Adam Clifton

    If the son could wander into random people’s dreams because he’s Freddy’s kid, why couldn’t Maggie? I look forward to the new Freddy movie but deep down I know it won’t be the same with someone else playing Freddy Krueger

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      Maggie doesn’t exist. Part 6 retcons everything to the point that the movie is a total spin-off! FvJ counter-retcoons “family-man Freddy” back to his roots..

      • Adam Clifton

        Except there’s flashback scenes in FvJ that includes Freddy’s Dead. So Maggie still exists.

        • darklordofgorgoroth

          Is Maggie in the flashbacks? No. Is “family man Freddy” in the flashbacks? No.

          • Adam Clifton

            Maggie doesn’t need to be in the flashbacks. That blonde teen with the abusive father was in the flashbacks which means that Freddy’s Dead actually happened in the Freddy Vs Jason timeline

  • marklola12 .

    thank fuck because that movie would have been pure shit

  • AdamX

    I do like the idea of somebody on Freddy’s level facing him in the dreamworld. Every online battle you see him used in the dreamworld vs real world debate is always brought up but I’d like to see somebody who could go into the dreamworld on equal footing and give him a fight.

    Please god don’t make it somebody like Cassie Cage if they do…

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      Except that wouldn’t be a horror movie, now would it? Also we kinda already got that with FvJ..

  • Yanksfan2010

    Just please have Robert England play Freddy. Nobody should ever play that role but him

    • Jugg Fudgeskin

      Robert doesn’t want to do it. He’s too old (per him) and is ready for someone else to step up.

      I didn’t have a problem with Jackie. He was the only saving grace of the remake.

  • Kaijudude

    Eh.

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    nobody cares, nor wants it. Freddy hasn’t been frightening since Elm 2, and the movies haven’t been good since 3? (4/5 if i’m generous). We don’t want just some random movie called Elm based on similar premise. We want a movie set in the 80’s that follows the formula and feel of the first 3, which aint gonna happen, so forget it.

    • zero2815

      Don’t hate New Nightmare was great

      • Tor from Yucca Flats

        Not hating, just didn’t include new nightmare because it was a craven come back and gimmick movie where it took place in real world, I mean the flow of movies where it is 1980’s and Freddy is killing teens who are attached to the parents that burnt him.

        • darklordofgorgoroth

          New Nightmare is a celebration of part 1, released to the date 10 years after. Also, it’s very much a semi-remake of part 1, even if it’smeta. You can’t hate something like that

          • Tor from Yucca Flats

            I just said I didn’t hate it? I’m not including it because it doesn’t follow the formula that this new one is going to follow (unless this new one is also set in the real world??). It doesn’t follow the formula of teens getting killed in their sleep as revenge for what their parents did.

  • Jugg Fudgeskin

    wish they would use the plot from the novel The Dream Dealers. I think it could be amazing.

  • Peter Kushing

    Zero fucks given if it ain’t Englund playing Freddy.

  • Frank Bautista

    I’d be up for a new NOES movie as long as it is handled by someone who gives a damn. Samuel Bayer was the WRONG person to head a reboot, and Platinum Dunes were the wrong production company (they are Michael Bay’s production company, which says it all). Bayer wasn’t shy about his contempt towards the NOES series. You need someone that not only respects the franchise, but has what it takes to reinvigorate it with new ideas.

    BTW, that fake plot synopsis sucks. Brenton Higgins? WTF name is that?! You analyze the NOES series, you see that a lot of the characters were named normal, common names (especially with surnames). This was meant to give a more common feel to these characters, like they could exist Anywhere, USA. I wrote a fanfic story that took place between NOES1 and NOES2, and my characters were named Annie, Nick, Cheryl, Eddie and Lauren, common names for the time the story took place (80s). If you were to make one now, maybe have a character (doesn’t have to be Nancy) named Jessica Foster, or Michael Wheaton. Actually, while it is considered a bad movie, Wes’s My Soul to Take had a cast of characters with names that would fit well in the NOES series. He carried on that idea of “Anywhere, USA”, “Every town has an Elm Street!”, as stated in Freddy’s Dead.

    That is also kinda why the original was more effective. Look at the drastic difference between Nancy and friends houses in the original series and the houses in the reboot. Original houses, with the exception of the Parkers, who were loaded, were normal, middle class. In the reboot, everybody’s rich. Need to dial that one down a bit, make “Elm Street” a “normal neighborhood”, a street that nobody would’ve thought anything strange could happen on it. Any Street in Anywhere, USA. It could be YOUR street, or a street that LOOKS familiar to you. One you grew up on, or one just a few streets down. Might’ve walked down it on the way to school, or knew a friend that lived there. That sorta familiarity is important in horror. The twisting of that which you are familiar with, making the safe and familiar spaces DANGEROUS and DEADLY.

    • Evan3

      I generally agree, but wasn’t the main character in My Soul to Take named “Bug?” Hardly an Anywhere, USA name…

      • darklordofgorgoroth

        Bug was a nickname.. duh!

  • Reece Catlin

    I actually didn’t mind the 2010 remakes (covers face) I liked the dark mood of it and enjoyed that it was less comedic than the original! I’m sorry but I don’t like to laugh during horror movies đŸ™‚

  • Dave Humphrey

    It make the film series off Nightmare on Elm Street when Freddy had a daughter called Maggie. What about the other way round what about Maggie having a son and goes through Freddy that way? And Maggie yet again has to go to war with her father and find out weather the son will join Grandad or Mother

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      The whole “family man Freddy” & daughter maggie from part 6 was a total retcon! That’s NOT his backstory. Thank god, FvJ counter-retconned it out of existence.. Freaddys REAL backstory was that of a loner who worked (and squatted) in the boiler room..

  • How sad that “The House that Freddy Built” seems to have forgotten its roots…

  • Evan3

    I think we can all sleep soundly knowing that Freddy is in deep freeze. Honestly, I enjoy the series, but we just don’t need any more Freddy (as overwhelmingly evidenced by the last NOES reboot).

    • Reece Catlin

      so 1 bad movie and they shut up shop?? if that was the case nothing would have been made after Nightmare 3

      • Evan3

        And would we have suffered for that? Indeed, I’d say yes. More money to original film, less money to increasingly awful sequels.

  • azoreseuropa

    Can’t wait. Hope it is getting better!

  • Reece Catlin

    I didn’t mind the remake and have been waiting years for another movie.

  • Michel Banen

    Robert Englund is the ultimate Freddy. No one looks, moves and talks like he can.

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