In the late 2000s, production company Platinum Dunes found success remaking iconic horror classics with 2003’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” 2005’s “The Amityville Horror” and 2009’s “Friday the 13th”.
In 2010 they had a go with “A Nightmare on Elm Street” which featured “Little Children” and “Watchmen” star Jackie Earle Haley in the role of Freddy Krueger – the knife-fingered burned maniac who stalked and killed teenagers in their dreams which in turn killed them in the real world.
That remake was not well received at all – critics slammed the movie, much more so than Platinum’s previous remakes, and while the film did enough business to justify its cost – it was hardly a big hit. There have been murmurings of another attempt at the franchise since then, but nothing concrete.
Robert Englund, the actor who played Krueger throughout the original eight-film run from Wes Craven’s 1984 original to 2002’s “Freddy vs. Jason,” appeared last weekend at the Monster Mania Con in New Jersey where Dead Entertainment (via Movieweb recorded his nearly one-hour panel which included a fan Q&A. Naturally Englund was asked if he’d ever return to the role to which he said:
“I’m not Freddy anymore, you guys. I could do one more, probably. If you guys held my ankles down, if you put yogurt on my butt, if you shot me up with Vitamin C…But here’s the thing, I can’t do eight more, you guys. So, we need a new actor that you guys believe in, and trust, and love, that can go the distance.”
Thus came the inevitable follow-up question – whom does he think could play Freddy if they were to reboot or revive the property. He says he’s heard one name rumored that he’s happy to offer his support for:
“The rumor I’ve heard that I like is Kevin Bacon. Kevin loves horror. He’s a real actor. He’s a character actor. We need someone like that to take it on, and redo it, and redo it exploiting all of the new technology.”
Englund former co-star Heather Langenkamp, who starred in three of the films, has also expressed interest in doing another movie with Englund, and the success of last year’s “Halloween” has revived interest in these types of remakes. However New Line, who has the rights, has been more focused on its “The Conjuring” universe films as well as the likes of “IT”.