Most of the big horror franchises are on the fast track to get brand spankin’ new reboots in the coming years, including Friday the 13th, Predator, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. But what about Nightmare on Elm Street? The franchise has been dead ever since that awful 2010 remake, and six years later, it doesn’t seem to be showing many signs of life.
Back in August of last year, it was reported that New Line was rebooting the Elm Street franchise once more, with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) attached to pen the screenplay, but we haven’t heard a peep about the project since then. Is it still happening? Did those plans fall through at some point in the past year? At the moment, it’s impossible to tell.
This latest Elm Street tidbit, well, it comes from an unlikely source.
Over on Twitter this past Friday night, a fan posted a tweet that expressed interest in Kevin Bacon playing Freddy Krueger in a future reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and much to her surprise – and ours – Bacon actually responded to the tweet. Not only did he respond but he quoted the tweet on his own profile, and he seemed to express interest in the idea.
“If A Nightmare on Elm Street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get Kevin Bacon as Freddy? I think he’d be fantastic,” tweeted @BettieToxic.
“I like the way you think Bettie,” replied @KevinBacon.
Kevin Bacon is of course no stranger to horror, his career forever tethered to the genre thanks to his role in the original Friday the 13th. Subsequently, Bacon starred in Tremors, Flatliners, Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, and, most recently, Greg McLean’s The Darkness. Unlike many Hollywood stars who got their start in horror, Bacon continues to embrace his roots, and he’s even set to reprise the role of Valentine McKee in an upcoming Tremors TV series – which he will also produce.
Might Bacon’s next move be to jump from playing victim in Friday the 13th to playing villain in Nightmare on Elm Street? Of course, his tweet should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but the fact that he took the time to reply in the way he did certainly seems to at least suggest that he’d take the role if he was offered it. And knowing that he’s interested, at least on some level, why the hell wouldn’t New Line make that offer? Kevin Bacon as Freddy? Now that would be awesome!
Bacon certainly has the chops (and the look) to play a sinister villain, and he also has experience playing a child predator. He starred as a recovering pedophile in the 2004 film The Woodsman, which is interesting to note given Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley played a similar role prior to being cast as the dream demon. Not saying that really means anything at all, but again, just something interesting to point out.
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