While Robert Englund keeps insisting that his days of playing Freddy Krueger are done, outside of that recent stint on ‘The Goldbergs,’ the actor sure does have a ton of ideas for the character. One of the main ones is a prequel story which appears to have already been fleshed out. While we’ve seen hints of the story sprinkled throughout the films and told in the pilot episode of ‘Freddy’s Nightmares,’ we haven’t seen a big screen adaptation of the idea.
Here is what Englund had to say at a recent panel he was on at Monster Mania:
“I’ve always thought that [not having a prequel] is a misruling in the mythology of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
It got close to being rectified with Tobe Hooper’s pilot for the TV series, and there was a script that was supposedly to be directed by John McNaughton, who did Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. There was a prequel script… I think it was called Krueger: The First Kills. And it was… the last children being killed… the two detectives that found Freddy and busted him… then the body of the film were the ambulance-chasing, sleazy lawyers that get Freddy off.
The lawyers are actually the best parts [of that script]. There’s two of them. Freddy in court… Freddy at the table… Freddy on the witness stand… Freddy in jail. But it’s about the lawyers getting him off. They get him off, and Freddy gloats too much on the courtroom stairs. The end of the movie is Freddy being burned alive. I’ve had a fascination with these projects since I did the pilot with Tobe Hooper.”
I, for one, think that this would be a great way to bring the series back. While Englund “would love to cameo in anything with integrity, connected with the franchise,” it is clear he isn’t interested in playing the character again for a feature film. You know, outside of the reboot idea which he previously had proposed. That being said, this would be a great way to reboot the series once more and introduce us to a new actor willing to get burned alive and spread himself through nightmares into an entirely new generation of kids.
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