When we last heard about the possibility of Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach from “Watchmen”) playing Freddy Krueger in the Platinum Dunes reboot of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, he sounded a tad noncommittal. In fact, he seemed to be leaning towards avoiding the character. Apparently ol Rorschach was just joshin’, because the trades have now made it official: Rorschach is Freddy!
The news come courtesy of Variety, who reports that with shooting on the Samuel Bayer-directed (and Wesley Strick-scripted) remake set to commence in Chicago next month, the Platinum Dunes people have nabbed their new Freddy, and he is Jackie Earle Haley as has been rumored/desired by the fanboy community for a while now. Apparently Michael Bay and the Dunes boys feel the same way.
The role is most famously associated with Robert Englund, who has played the disfigured knives-wielding killer in all the previous “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies since the 1984 original. Over the years, the role went from scary to pun-heavy, with Freddy delivering cheesy one-liners before and after each one of his increasingly ridiculous kills. The whole thing came to a head in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”, when Freddy had to fight his own daughter. I shit you not. Word is, Englund will have a cameo in the remake as a psychiatrist.
Wes Craven, the franchise’s original creator, tried to revive the scary elements of his original (as well as the franchise) with “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, and although that installment was indeed much scarier than the previous installments, it failed to revive the series.
The “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot is from the same people who gave you the “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” reboots. Just call them The Horror Reboot People.
Below: Gee, I wonder why “Freddy’s Dead” wasn’t a hit with the kids. Could it have been the flying dream demon thingies?