Platinum Dunes is being sought after in the project that was an original by Wes Craven and made a cult star out of actor Robert Englund, as the utlra-evil and nightmarish Freddy Krueger.
“Nightmare” and its bevy of successful sequels told the story of Krueger, a horrific serial killer that was himself murdered by the parents of one of his child victims. They got their revenge against Freddy by burning him to a crisp. He would later return in the nightmares of teenagers that became all too real to the point that if they were killed by him in their dreams, they died in real life. Freddy’s signature weapon of choice was a bizzare glove with razor sharp extentions on the end of each finger and thumb.
This newest Krueger incarnation will focus more on the manic killer’s backstory. No word yet if Englund will be sought to reprise his most famous role. He is currently 60 years old and in good shape, so anything is possible, but it seems more likely New Line/Platinum Dunes will seek out a younger star for the role in case more sequels are in the offing. Englund is starring in two cult B-movies in 2008, “2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys, currently in production and “Zombie Strippers,” which has just completed filming.
Once the WGA strike is resolved production on a script will commence. Michael Bay (“Transformers”) will produce with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.