The Lord Of The Rings star wants to reboot the hit horror franchise and bring back Robert Englund for one last stab as the notorious killer Freddy Krueger.
Back in October, the former Lord of the Rings star had revealed his willingness to reboot the popular '90s horror franchise A Nightmare On Elm Street through his production company SpectreVision with his production partner Daniel Noah. Speaking to ComingSoon.net, Wood had said: "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." Four months on, ComingSoon.net has yet another exclusive where the 39-year-old said he wants to bring back Robert Englund as the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger. "You have to bring Robert Englund back for one more film", he said.
When quizzed more on what he would want out of the famed movie series, Wood said: "I think, especially if you’re going to open up a new franchise and take it in different directions, you have to establish it with him and then you can move on. I don’t think it’s interesting to tell the same story over and over again, we don’t need another origin story of Freddy Krueger, I don’t think it should even really be so much about Freddy.”
Wood, who is busy promoting his upcoming movie Come To Daddy, spoke highly of the 1994 movie from the Nightmare franchise, A New Nightmare and said: "Scream owes a real debt to New Nightmare. That was the first time the notion of referencing horror movies in another horror movie was possible, it had never really been done before.”
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The first movie in the series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, was written and directed by Wes Craven and was released in 1984. It starred Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, and Amanda Wyss in key roles and follows the story of a child murderer's spirit which is hellbent on taking revenge on teenagers whose parents were responsible for his death. On the performance front, the movie was a major critical and box-office success, grossing $57 million on a budget of $1.7 million.
There have also been several attempts to reboot the series recently like David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick from The Conjuring 2, who was attached to write a script for the project, while Mike Flanagan of Doctor Sleep fame was also in the news, working on the series. However, nothing has come to fruition yet and it remains to be seen whether Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah could strike a partnership to get the new franchise off the ground.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.