A reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street could be happening soon, reports Bloody Disgusting. Two months ago, the U.S. rights to the iconic horror series reverted back to the estate of the creator, Wes Craven. Craven, also known for creating the Scream series, passed away in 2015 from brain cancer. But those in charge of his estate are now taking pitches on a possible Nightmare reboot.
Details are sparse at the moment. Bloody Disgusting states the estate is looking for possible film pitches as well as those for an HBO Max series. So we may see the franchise return in a different way than other recently resurrected horror icons. What’s important is that those now in charge of the series have the late creator’s intentions and vision in mind.
A Nightmare on Elm Street follows Freddy Kreuger, a demonic killer whose weapon of choice is a glove with knives attached on each finger. Once a real-life child killer, Krueger hunts a new group of teens within their dreams each movie. The original released in 1984 and the series grew throughout the late 80s and early 90s. Although, Craven only participated in the first, third, and seventh entries. A reboot of the original was released in 2010 and was received rather poorly.
It’s important to note that the estate holds the U.S rights to the series and character while New Line owns the international rights. However, that would still be an easy deal to make when it comes to distributing worldwide. Since the estate is only accepting pitches now, it could be quite some time before we see it come together. But some filmmakers who undoubtedly grew up watching the original Nightmare are now in a position to take a stab at it. One such filmmaker is Mike Flanagan. The Doctor Sleep director took to Twitter to express his excitement over the news.
Put me in, coach… I’ve got a pitch! https://t.co/LPUq8hDd88
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) November 22, 2019
Are you excited about a possible Nightmare on Elm Street reboot? Who do you want to see take on the franchise? Let us know in the comments below.
Nintendo fanatic, comics enthusiast, and fantasy novel reader. I write about the things that make me passionate and binge the shows that hold on tight and don’t let go. Also a writer for WatchMojo.