After the success of New Line Cinema’s IT and Blumhouse’s Halloween soft-reboot the studio IP horror film seems to be on the edge of a big return.
MGM’s remake of Child’s Play (Chucky) is set for release this June along with IT: Chapter 2 coming out in September. There is even a glimmer of hope that Blumhouse might get ahold of the Friday The 13th reboot after a recent lawsuit with the original screenwriter Victor Miller was settled opening the door for another attempt. A recent report revealed that LeBron James’ production company SpringHillEntertainment was in talks to produce a new film with IT’s Vertigo Entertainment, but a studio partner has yet to be announced.
It became hard to keep track on of all horror reboot announcements over the years as most of them were mostly announced and then forgotten. Apparently, there was an announcement back in 2015 that New Line Cinema was developing a second Nightmare On Elm Street reboot with The Conjuring 2 and Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick tasked to pen a script.
Now, the screenwriter has given GameSpot a brief status update on Nightmare On Elm Street, which would suggest it might not be completely dead as previously thought. Revealing that he’s currently focused on writing The Conjuring 3, which is the priority at the studio for the moment but says “it’s still happening”. David is a busy guy with The Conjuring 3, Chris McKay’s Dungeons and Dragons, and a new remake of The Invasion of The Body Snatchers all in different stages of development.
“The Conjuring Universe is sort of first and foremost on [New Line Cinema’s] horror burner…..Everybody wants to see Freddy again I think, so I think it’s inevitable at some point.”
If you’re unaware of the Elm Street franchise, it focuses on child killer Freddy Kruger, who is burned alive and takes his revenge from beyond the grave by entering the dreams of teenagers and killing them that reverberates in the real world as well.
After the fan interest in a new Friday The 13th and other horror films making big money even the R-rated ones, it’s only a matter of time before we see New Line Cinema get the wheels in motion for the return of Freddy Kruger. However, the studio might be a little wary on rushing things after their last reboot starring Jackie Earl Haley and Rooney Mara was a bit of a disaster for them.