Certain horror movies have become timeless genre films with the ability to come in and out of decades discovering new and returning fans. As 2018 saw the successful return of Halloween, it was only a matter of time before a resurgence began once again and now Elijah Wood is openly expressing interest in bringing back Wes Craven’s unforgettable Nightmare on Elm Street.
The last time we witnessed a Nightmare on Elm Street film was the 2010 reboot that wasn’t exactly the greatest showing of the franchise but was still a nice way to keep the energy of the original alive. Because of the mostly negative reviews and lower-end of the box office numbers, there obviously wasn’t any immediate desire to follow it up with a sequel. In a joint interview between Daniel Noah and Wood who own a production company together, Noah spoke up about some of his favorite horror projects and tells the publication:
We’ve made no secret. We’ve been in touch with the rights holders many times. It’s a real dream project for us to have a chance to make a film in that franchise. And like I said, we have a very specific take on it. I think it would be very surprising and exciting to remake the franchise.
Wood then goes on to add:
Yeah, and it definitely has that aspect of pie in the sky, of getting to play in a certain sandbox, you know? It’s a universe and a character and an idea that would be a fun sandbox to play in. It’s trying to do something different. With a lot of these classic horror films that have seen so many sequels, eventually it sort of plays itself out a little bit.
Obviously, between rights negotiations and a probable desire for more Freddy Krueger, there will eventually be another shot at Nightmare on Elm Street — and as long as the creative team has a passion for the Craven created the universe, it’ll be an intriguing return.