Genre legend Wes Craven is reportedly ‘hurt’ by remake machine Platinum Dunes not contacting him regarding their reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Whilst he had received a producer credit for the recent update of his unpleasant directorial debut The Last House on the Left, Craven was not consulted in any manner with regards to the reinvention of his most beloved creation, Freddy Krueger.
In an interview with IGN, the director stated that, “Yes it does hurt, it does because it’s such an important film for me that, unfortunately, when I signed the original contract I gave up all rights to it and so there’s nothing I can do about it.” In order to gain financing for the original movie, which had been rejected by almost every studio in town, Craven was forced to give up the rights to New Line Cinema, which had resulted in a slew of sequels which ranged from effective to abysmal, each one reducing the fear factor of its antagonist.
“I don’t even know who’s doing it and I’m not interested. It’s actually really painful to think about it. It’s the film of mine that I probably love the most, and which made the most money,” continues Craven, who is currently in negotiations to return to the Scream franchise. But, twenty five years later, he still has a soft spot for Krueger. “The script went around Hollywood for three years and nobody touched it and I went through all my life savings and everything else to pay for it, so I had to make the deal I did. Frankly, at that time I thought it would be one movie and that’s it. I never thought it would go on and on and on.”