Jason Blum wants to make another “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie and he’s confident he could get Robert Englund back to play Freddy Krueger again…
It’s only a matter of time before a new “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie gets made but uber-producer Jason Blum — from Blumhouse Productions — would love to take a stab at the famous horror franchise.
With the rights to the entire “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise reverting back to Wes Craven’s family in recent years, there have been a number of high profile writers and directors who have expressed interest in either doing a new sequel or perhaps a total reboot.
One major caveat that has saddened many longtime Freddy Krueger fans is original series star Robert Englund saying he’s now too old to play the Springwood Slasher if another film does get into production.
“Oh, I’m too old,” Englund said back in 2020. “They gotta find somebody new. The rights have returned to the Wes Craven estate, and I believe the family is looking at all projects new and old: new screenplays, old screenplays, prequels, anime, and graphic novels — all the stuff. The rights are all back with them and they’ll make those decisions.”
Well, Blum believes if his company gets the chance to make a new “Nightmare on Elm Street” that he can convince Englund to go back under the makeup at least one more time to bring Freddy back to life.
“I could make him come back,” Blum told ScreenRant. “I could get anyone back. I mean, Ellen Burstyn was 87, I got her back in [the upcoming sequel to] The Exorcist.”
“[Robert Englund is] 75 — he’s young.”
Blum is producing the upcoming sequel to “The Exorcist” from director David Gordon Green, who he also teamed with on the new “Halloween” trilogy that will come to a close with October’s “Halloween Ends.” Burstyn is returning to the franchise after playing Chris MacNeil — mother to possessed child Regan MacNeil — back in the original “Exorcist” film in 1973.
While Englund has repeatedly said he’s done playing Freddy Kreuger, Blum has every belief that he could get the veteran actor to return and put on that glove again.
Right now, Englund is enjoying praise and even buzz about a possible Emmy nomination for his recent appearance in “Stranger Things” season 4 where he played Victor Creel — a man who was convicted of killing his entire family before gouging out his own eyes as penance for the crimes he believed he committed.
As for another “Nightmare on Elm Street” film, Craven’s family has reportedly been mulling over various possibilities to carry on the legendary director’s legacy but no deals have been struck at this time. They’ve definitely found another potential suitor in Blum if he’s given the chance to resurrect Freddy Krueger to scare a whole new generation of teenagers.