A Whole New Elm Street Nightmare

Platinum Dunes, the company behind the “Amityville Horror” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remakes, are planning to bring back the two biggest icons of 80’s cinematic horror.

As previously announced, producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been working on a re-launch of the “Friday the 13th” franchise for New Line. Shooting on that project begins this April with Marcus Nispel (“Pathfinder”) directing.

Now, New Line has also hired the trio to re-launch the cornerstone franchise that established the mini-major – “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Both series will be given a “complete overhaul” according to the trades.

New Line won’t hire a writer on “Nightmare” until the writers strike ends. The original Wes Craven-directed 1984 original centered on Freddy Krueger, a serial child killer murdered by angry parents who returns with a burned face and razor glove to terrorize teens in their dreams.

Friday’s Jason Voorhees and Elm Street’s Krueger last appeared in 2002’s successful but generally panned “Freddy vs. Jason”. Scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who penned that film, are writing the new ‘Friday’.

Platinum Dunes is still on course to remake “Near Dark” for Rogue Pictures and “The Birds” for Universal Pictures.