Wes Craven 'Hurt' Over Elm Street Remake


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.”


Source: IGN

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9 Responses to “ Wes Craven 'Hurt' Over Elm Street Remake ”

  1. It’s nice to know that Wes’s opinion is out there now. Hopefully PD will wake the hell up and give the remake what it deserves. That script floating around just pisses me off when I think about it.

  2. I had to type “imatit” as the code for my last post. hahahaha

  3. I’m a tit? Haha, that’s well funny. Gee, I’ll never grow up, will I?

  4. remakes suck and this without robert englund will suck

  5. it’s not a nightmare on elm street without robert englund, and I agree with Wes.

  6. I just saw the new trailer for the nightmare on elm street remake. That new guy does’nt do robert englund any justice and the scenes were not scary. What’s worse, michael fucking bay is directing/producing it. I totally agree with Wes, this is a classic that does not deserved to be turned into crap. I am defintley not seeing this remake.

    By the way, I don’t care what anyone else say’s Robert Englund will always be the real Freddy Krueger in my eyes.

  7. What’s funny is that everyone seems to have forgotten just how shite most of the sequels were. People hold Elm Street up like some untouchable franchise that Michael Bay is poisoning, but it’s been crap for over twenty years and should have been laid to rest long ago. The Dream Master and Freddy vs. Jason were especially shallow and lacked any kind of horror or suspense. The series turned into one long annoying music video back in the 80s and never recovered. So in all honesty, can Bay really make it any worse?

  8. I’m no fan of the remake trend and Nightmare… is a classic that doesn’t need to be messed with. And I agree with Christan in that the franchise was turned into crap a long time ago.

    That said I wonder how Wes is going to feel when the remake makes more money than the original did? The trailer has had more hits on Myspace than any other and nearly crashed Hollywood informercial sites like Bloodydisgusting. I’m willing to bet it will be PD’s highest grossing remake yet.

    As far as Robert Englund he made Freddy as much as he ruined Freddy. Like it or not there is a new Freddy coming to town. So Wes I hate to say it but “Welcome to prime time bitch”.

  9. I just saw the trailer for this movie today, and it looks awesome! :) I can’t say im happy with the choice of robert englund not not playing Freddy. But other than that it looks pretty good.

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