For a decade, Freddy Krueger has not been seen on our screens, which is a very long period for such an iconic character because at least one sequel, remake or reboot has been churned out by most high-profile horror franchises since then. And it’s been much longer since Robert Englund played his career-defining serial killer, with the last star thrown on the fedora for Freddy vs. Jason in 2003.
The most recent actor to portray the mythical figure who loves nothing more than haunting people in their dreams, Jackie Earle Haley was the latest actor to portray the mythical figure who loves nothing more than haunting people in their dreams, and while he did a decent job in the role, 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street was a formulaic and uninspired update of Wes Craven’s classic original, although a $115 million box office haul was enough to make it the second-highest-grossing installment in the classic original.
“WB still wants Englund back, so if all works out, he will return,” says the tipster.
Of course, for too long now that the rights to the series have returned to Wes Craven’s properties, another fresh shot at the content has been caught in production hell. Nevertheless, we’ve heard whispers that something is cooking in production and Daniel Richtman’s insider believes that not only is a new Elm Street movie Nightmare in the works, but Englund is expected to want to play Freddy for the first time in nearly 20 years.
More specifics about the film remain vague, but any new entry in the long-running series could and will presumably search for inspiration for David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which was both a legacy sequel indebted to a beloved original but still stood as a hugely entertaining and sometimes frightening movie on its own merits. And while Robert Englund maybe 73, you can guarantee that the legend of veteran horror will not turn down the chance to play his most famous figure on at least one more occasion.