ShockTillYouDrop.Com reports that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes productions and Warner Brothers Studios have agreed to make the previously announced remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET their next project. Wesley Strick (CAPE FEAR) will write the screenplay, which is expected to go before the cameras in Chicago this spring. Says producer Brad Fuller:
“It’s like what we’re doing to Friday the 13th,” says Fuller. “It’s not Freddy cracking jokes. We want to make a horrifying movie. The concept is so scary, don’t fall asleep or you’ll die. This guy gets you when you’re most vulnerable, in your sleep. We love that. That’s the basis of the movie. It’ll be most similar to the first one but in terms of kills and dreams we’ll borrow from the entire series.”
Apparently, Warner Brothers’ decision to go ahead with the project was based in part upon positive response to test screenings for the FRIDAY THE 13TH remake. Robert Englund will not return as Freddy Krueger, but he may get some other role in the film.
Stuart Wood at CinemaBlend.com is less than optimistic about the news, decrying the lack of originality. I say, with Strick on the script, this one is at least worthy of the benefit of the doubt.