How long does a studio have to wait to reboot a classic? Your answer to this can reasonably be the standard, "How long is a piece of string?" or, based on the Nightmare on Elm Street model: five years.
The last reboot of the Freddy Krueger story hit in 2010, starring a young Rooney Mara who fared worse against the knife-fingered villain than she did against Swedish psychopaths in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Here's a reminder of the 2010 remake:
Maybe it's a response to fan enthusiasm, maybe it's the cash potential, or maybe it's the 15% IMDb score for the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, but another reboot is in the works as Tracking Board reports, adding:
"The studio’s now going back to the drawing board, working to create a remake worthy of the original."
So far, so creepy. But can this new reboot succeed where the last one failed? I'll enjoy any horror movie, but the 2010 Elm Street was critically panned and didn't win much favor with fans either.
This may have something to do with the fact that the (admittedly) fairly scary 2010 Freddy didn't bring anything particularly new to the franchise, but did remove something vital: that Krueger sense of humor.
We don't know much about the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, just that it will be made by New Line, who've garnered Orphan writer David Leslie Johnson to write the script.
Perhaps the new version could explore the ghoulish real-life inspiration for the original Nightmare on Elm Street series? Shout out to my Horror Hound bro, Khalil Wright, who has got some other pretty neat ideas about which direction future Nightmare on Elm Street projects could take.