Is it the End of Ideas or a box-office slam dunk?
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema are moving toward a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the most popular horror franchises of the past 25 years, having just signed an in-demand director to revive Freddy Krueger and his insomnia-inducing exploits. Samuel Bayer, known for his stylized commercials and music videos, including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Blind Melon's "No Rain," is likely to start shooting in spring or summer. They still need to cast the razor-fingered Freddy, but word is it won't be Robert Englund. (He has to make a cameo at some point, though. For old time's sake.)
There's a good reason Hollywood keeps going back to this well. Horror flicks are among the easiest films to market and are consistent money makers, with even critically drubbed disasters like last month's The Unborn scaring up more than $42 million. Reimagining an '80s hit that became a renewable franchise? That's a no-brainer. (The new version of the classic Friday the 13th opens tomorrow.) Still to be determined: Can the new Nightmare last as long as the old one did?
—Posted by T.L. Stanley