Robert Englund Discusses Role In Possible Elm Street Reboot
Ever since that arguably disastrous 2010 remake, no one has touched the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. While there are still no projects currently in the works, it seems that one person in particular is ready to be first in line for another reboot. The original and greatest Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, recently revealed that he would like to have a part in any future remake. However, he wouldn’t be playing who you’d think. He had this to say during an appearance at the Belfast Comic-Con:
“Well, there’s been some talk that they might reboot Nightmare 3, which may be the most popular of all the films. I’ve heard that they may combine it with part 4, I’m not sure. I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantakerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience.”
As far as said 2010 remake goes, Englund also commented with his thoughts on both the film itself and actor Jackie Earle Haley, who took over Englund’s iconic role…
“The problem with the remake was that it came out too soon. We had just released the digitally remastered Blu-ray boxset of all eight of the films and then they brought out the remake almost straight after. I think they just brought it out too soon but it had an amazing cast. Rooney Mara played Nancy and I’m a big fan of Clancy Brown. But they reshot the opening and it threw the movie off kilter. You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted. You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation”.
In terms of Haley…
“I think he’s a wonderful actor, he’s the best thing in Watchmen and I’m not a fan of the new RoboCop but he’s good in that. I think in trying to make him different, they may have decided to make him too real. Freddy does not exist in reality, he only exists in imaginations”.
Regardless of whether or not we will see another Elm Street film, horror fans certainly still have Englund’s other upcoming projects to look forward to. He is currently working on two films, titled The Midnight Man and Nightworld. Be on the lookout for future details on these films!