One, two Freddy's coming for you. Three, four get ready for more! New Line Cinema just announced a new Nightmare On Elm Street reboot is currently in the works. This won't be the first reboot of the horror classic. In fact, in 2010 Warner Bros/New Line Cinema released their Platinum Dunes-produced reboot.
Dead Central reported Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson will be writing the script this time around, but there’s no director or producers on board the project as of now. So far only New Line’s Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for the studio, so the project is still pretty early in development.
The original A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) that launched the franchise was created by Wes Craven and starred Robert Englund as the disfigured serial killer that haunted teens in their dreams.
This news comes as a disappointment to me. Remakes have heavily taken over the entertainment industry. What happened to originality? The 2010 remake was a disaster so what's the point of trying again?
Here are 3 things that made the 2010 remake so dreadful:
1. The Cast
In the original 1984 classic, we couldn't help but love the characters. Unfortunately, the remake didn't leave off that same impression. Rooney Mara's portrayal of Nancy was almost as bad as the whole film itself. Mara's take on the character seemed dull and her appearance was as if the character was goth and anti-social.
Nancy wasn't the only disappointing character in the film. Jackie Earle Haley's take on Freddy Kruger was not only a disappointment, but a disaster. Haley attempted to portray a darker version of Freddy, but in reality his portrayal left us wondering if Kruger was suffering from throat cancer. Finally, his take lacked Freddy's dark humor that made the original character so appealing.
2. There Was No Originality
In remakes, it's common to create somewhat new storylines. However, instead of cleverly integrating old Nightmare scenes into the remake, they just blatantly copied scenes (the body bag dragging around at school, Freddy’s claws in the tub, etc.). The character names, too, were pulled from previous Nightmare films.
3. The Special Effects
Given the source material, and the advancements in special effects, a remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street should have been a slam dunk. Instead, the use of CGI in the dream sequences is underwhelming. For instance, a scene where a man comes out of the wallpaper above Nancy’s bed looks terrifying in the original, but looks like Hollow Man in the new.
In short, I'd rather stab my eyes out instead of watching yet another remake.