A potentially massive story was hiding deep within a reddit thread in which fans were discussing New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, which opened in theaters last Friday. Director David F. Sandberg, who also helmed the excellent Lights Out, participated and was asked if there was a franchise he’d like to add to or remake one day. His response raised eyebrows.
“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about what fun franchises New Line has like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Critters. Might be fun if you took something like that in a different direction from previous installments. Like instead of remaking Nightmare you do some continuation of it in the same world kind of thing.”
It’s hard not to read into this for a few reasons. First, he says “I’ve been thinking,” which eludes to the fact that he’s already pondered the idea of getting in the director’s chair for either Critters or A Nightmare on Elm Street. Second, he’s solely discussing New Line Cinema-owned properties, which means he’s not thinking generally but in the wheelhouse that he’s working in. Third, and most notably, David Leslie Johnson is already penning the Elm Sreet reboot for the studio. Johnson is also the writer behind The Conjuring 2 and the forthcoming Conjuring 3, which means that one of the main writers in the Conjuring universe is already developing A Nightmare On Elm Street. Add all of this to the fact that Sandberg went from directing Atomic Monster and New Line’s Lights Out (Diane also reminds me of Freddy Krueger) to the widely praised Annabelle: Creation is it that crazy to think that his next stop could be Elm Street?
James Wan has created the biggest horror cinematic universe ever with The Conjuring, which has been spun off into Annabelle, The Nun, and even The Crooked Man. With Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema regaining the full rights to Friday the 13th and Jason Voorhees this coming January, it’s hard to not speculate that Wan could come in and create a brand new universe centered around both Freddy and Jason, which has been teased since Freddy’s glove made an appearance in Jason Goes to Hell. If anyone could pull it off it’s Wan. As for New Line, they have to be looking back at Freddy vs. Jason and wondering what they have to do to return their slashers to the glory days.
While we shouldn’t expect any major announcements until closer to 2018, the horror community would welcome Sandberg directing A Nightmare On Elm Street with open arms, especially since it would potentially remain canon with the Robert Englund films.