Although the dreadful (and not in a good way) 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street effectively killed the franchise for awhile, it looks like the horror classic could be in the midst of a comeback. Last year, it was reported that New Line was planning on rebooting the franchise again, with David Leslie Johnson ( Orphan, The Conjuring 2) attached to write the screenplay, but we haven’t heard anything else about those plans since. And while an actor voicing an interest in playing the lead role is in no way a confirmation that anything is happening, this latest bit of Elm Street news is sure to get people talking about a revival once more.
Last Friday, a fan wrote a post on Twitter where she voiced her desire to see Kevin Bacon play the iconic Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. To their surprise, Bacon not only replied back but also hinted that he would be game for the part:
If a nightmare on elm street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get @kevinbacon as Freddy? I think he'd be fantastic.
— Bettie Toxic (@bettietoxic) August 13, 2016
I like the way you think Bettie https://t.co/oB5HyMo6tG
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 13, 2016
While Bacon’s comment isn’t some sort of confirmation that the actor is actively seeking the part, horror movies have certainly played a prominent role in his career trajectory. One of his earliest film roles was as a doomed camp counselor in the very first Friday the 13th, and he’s also starred in a number of other films in the genre including Tremors, Flatliners, Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, and most recently, Greg McLean’s The Darkness.
Of course, it’s important to take all of this with a grain of salt, but the possibility of Bacon playing Freddy is certainly an enticing one, as it’s hard to see him doing a bad job. He’s also no stranger to playing a sinister villain, having starred as a recovering pedophile in the 2004 film The Woodsman. At any rate, it will interesting to see whether or not Bacon’s comment generates any renewed interest in an Elm Street revival and what the future of the franchise might end up being.
(Source: Bloody Disgusting)