During an interview with Moviehole.net, Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger through 8 A Nightmare on Elm Street films, reveal old plans for a franchise prequel (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer‘s John McNaughton was at one time attached to direct).
“There was a great kind of “Portrait of a Serial Killer” kind of docudrama script around, where you see Freddy and his first kills and the courtroom scenes where these really horrible, terrible lawyers keep getting him off; great corrupt lawyers getting him off and then the vigilante parents. Finally in the climax, burning him alive, and maybe you see him manifest, and show up on Elm Street at the very end, where his sort of revenge, reign of terror would be hinted at.”
And for those of you angry he was re-cast in the Platinum Dunes 2010 remake, Englund explains he was on his way out anyways, physically, “I could’ve probably done another Freddy or two, but I think that’s when Platinum Dunes acquired the rights along with Warner Brothers from Newline Cinema. Their idea was to reboot the franchise and go with somebody younger who could play, could be the same Freddy for years. I’m almost – even now, I’m almost too old to go out there and do the stunts and stuff. I can do a couple of takes, but then I wake up the next morning and feel like I’ve been playing football.”
Englund is now 65, and will be part of the forthcoming Behind the Mask prequel.