Much has been made of New Line’s decision to partner with Platinum Dunes for a Robert Englund-free reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, but none of the noise on the subject has come from Englund himself. Until now.
Englund recently sat down for an interview with Bloody-Disgusting, ostensibly in support of his latest feature, Killer Pad — but he had to know he wouldn’t get out of there without being asked at least a few questions about the character that made him famous.
Englund could have just offered a terse “no comment,” or offered a few non-specific words of encouragement, but instead, he gave readers an actual quote — read on:
All I know is that Michael Bay made an announcement that he is producing the remake of the original. I don’t know if it has Wes Craven‘s blessing, I presume it does…Because the nature of the story and the stylized surrealism, the dreamscape that unfolds, if any of these movies are need of a remake with the use of new technologies it would seem that ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ is one of them…I don’t think it would hurt it because it’s such a great story and strong classical myth…I just hope they have Wes’ blessing and that trust his story. But they could certainly have fun with the dream sequences and, of course, re-interpreting Freddy.
I wouldn’t mind playing a cameo; it would be interesting to see if I could play the dream psychiatrist, I have heard that there is an interesting script regarding a prequel to the original going around. But let’s face it — I’m not a kid anymore…I could probably don the makeup, but they would certainly need a stunt double for the action stuff. I’m only good for about one take; then I get kind of sore.
So there you have it, Englund loyalists — the man himself is nobly offering his blessing to Michael Bay and company. To read more of Englund’s thoughts on the Nightmare re-whatever, follow the link below!