It’s been three years since we learned that New Line Cinema was developing yet another remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Nothing has changed, although the success of Universal Pictures’ Halloween has fans wondering when Freddy Krueger will return to the big screen. The answer is, eventually. Right now, New Line is focused on their Conjuring universe.
“It’s still happening,” writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick tells GameSpot.
“Nothing is percolating just yet. The Conjuring universe is sort of first and foremost on [New Line Cinema’s] horror burner. Everybody wants to see Freddy again I think, so I think it’s inevitable at some point.”
Let’s be very clear here, the response is both conjecture and speculation. The last I checked in (Oct. 21), I was told the exact same thing from several sources: Conjuring, Conjuring, Conjuring. I was told there was zero movement or discussion on Johnson-McGoldrick’s screenplay, although one has to hope that with James Wan finished with Aquaman, maybe he finds a way to create a slasher universe alongside his Conjuring films over at Warner Bros./New Line?
As we broke the news earlier this fall, LeBron James‘ SpringHill Entertainment will produce a remake of Friday the 13th with Roy Lee‘s Vertigo Entertainment, and Legendary has acquired the rights to revive Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as Leatherface, so a shared universe is possible. The recent success of horror and the slasher film surely will help propel these films and characters back to the big screen, the only question is when? 2019 could be the year we’ve all been waiting for…
Digressing, Samuel Bayer directed the 2010 Elm Street reboot that introduced Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy. Robert Englund played the iconic slasher from Wes Craven’s 1984 A Nightmare On Elm Street through several films, concluding in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.
With Halloween picking up where John Carpenter’s film left off, and retconning the sequels, could A Nightmare on Elm Street follow suit and bring Englund back for one last hurrah?