Robert Englund did an interview with Florida Today this week and spoke about the ‘Elm Street’ franchise and its ability to reinvent itself.
The franchise went meta in its seventh outing with “New Nightmare” and scored much acclaim in the process, but the Platinum Dunes remake several years ago was widely panned.
A new one is said to be still in development and in the meantime Englund discussed one idea he would’ve like to have seen the franchise tackle – that of numerous Kruegers whose appearance varied depending upon the interpretation of the dreamer and the urban legends they’d heard about him:
“Kids who grew up hearing stories about this Freddy Krueger guy and the awful things he did envisioned him in their own way, and that is the version that begins to haunt them. Some people may picture him as stout, another might envision him as tall and thin, another with a different hat, or a different sweater.
He could have different gloves, or even a glove with small razor blades as referred to in the first movie. It would be neat to see very different interpretations of Freddy Krueger based on the child’s vision of who or what Freddy was to them. After all, each person’s subconscious would picture him in a totally different way.”
David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan”) is currently at work on the script for the new ‘Elm Street’ reboot. No word if Englund will return to the role.