A film icon eyes Doctor Strange's horror outing, a Chucky vet joins the new series, and Elm Street looks to get a few new neighbors.
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The Lord of the Rings actor-turned-producer Elijah Wood has his eye on Elm Street as he hopes to reboot the horror franchise with his production company, SpectreVision.
“Any opportunity to get hold of a classic franchise like that and revitalize it and do something different with it is pretty exciting," said Wood told the Bloody Disgusting podcast, The Boo Crew. "I don’t know if the rights are actually available. We’ve done our due diligence."
In the interview, Wood mentioned that no Elm Street film would be complete without Robert Englund, the actor who first brought Freddy Krueger to life.
"To honor that series. To honor that character. To honor Craven...I think you have to do that, and then you can express beyond that. He said he wants to do one last film as well," said Wood.
Woods isn't the only interested party in a Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, as director Mike Flanagan has also been circling Elm Street as a possible project.
The rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street are currently held by the Wes Craven estate. No formal offers or projects are in the works.
Syfy and Child's Play creator Don Mancini have added a familiar face to the upcoming TV series Chucky as Jennifer Tilly, the original Tiffany, joins the cast.
Mancini has stated that the series will "explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now."
“Chucky is very near and dear to my heart. All over the world, everywhere I go, I step off a plane to a country I didn’t even know existed, and they know one word, and that word is ‘Chucky,’ and they want a hug," Tilly said to Page Six.
Mancini will produce and write for the new series, which begins filming this summer.
Evil Dead creator and 2002's Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is in talks to helm Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for Marvel Studios. Marvel is looking to replace director Scott Derrickson after he left the project.
Raimi is best known in the horror community for the Evil Dead franchise, which was his brainchild. This unique vision could be put to use by Marvel, as the second entry in the Doctor Strange franchise will have more of a horror slant than the original outing.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the role of Doctor Strange; Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor will also return, but Rachel McAdams will not reprise her role.
Production on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness begins in May and the film is set for release on May 7, 2021.
Kate Siegel, Alex Essoe, Henry Thomas, Robert Longstreet, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater, and Annabeth Gish join director Mike Flanagan and Netflix's latest scary series Midnight Mass.
Best known for The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep, Flanagan will helm and executive produce the limited series for the streaming service. The story will center on a small island community that begins to experience "miracles" after the arrival of a new priest.