‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Creator Wants to Pitch a ‘Killer Idea’ for ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Reboot

If there’s going to be a new “Nightmare on Elm Street”, Mike Flanagan has an idea he would love to pitch to the studio who ultimately lands the rights…

There may be a new “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot on the way and creator behind “The Haunting of Hill House” has an idea that he would love to pitch.

As first reported by Bloody Disgusting, Wes Craven’s estate has started open the door to pitches for a potential relaunch of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise after the writer/director’s family received the rights to his original creation a few years after his death. While there’s no word on how far along the process has gotten, it didn’t take long for Mike Flanagan to excitedly offer to take a stab at the gestating franchise.

As he was promoting the release of his most recent film “Doctor Sleep” (read our review here), Flanagan was asked about potentially tackling “Nightmare on Elm Street” and while he wasn’t giving up any story beats, he definitely got excited at the prospect of pitching his idea.

“I got a killer idea,” Flanagan told the Boo Crew podcast.
“[I’m] dying to get in there to pitch it. If I got to do this it would be so cool.”

While “Nightmare on Elm Street” remains one of the most beloved slasher film franchises in history, the last attempt at a reboot failed miserably with the 2010 remake that starred Jackie Earle Haley in the lead role that was originated by Robert Englund. The movie has a 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although the film did manage to pull in over $115 million at the box office on a modest $35 million budget.

Rebooting classic horror franchises has become big business lately, especially with the success of Blumhouse releasing a new “Halloween” movie that received overwhelmingly positive reviews and did very well at the box office. Blumhouse has already set up two more sequels — “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends” — that they hope will conclude that series of films.

“Nightmare on Elm Street” seems like a perfect film to reboot under the right direction and Flanagan obviously has the horror credentials to back up his claim that he wants to pitch an idea for a new Freddy Krueger movie.

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