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13 Filmmakers Who Should Get To Make The Next 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Film

Updated February 26, 2021 213 votes 43 voters13 items

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In November 2019, it was announced that writer and director Wes Craven's estate had begun actively seeking pitches for a new Elm Street movie. With this big horror news, fans immediately began to wonder: who will take the reins of this beloved franchise, and what direction will they take it? Will they bring back Robert Englund in his career-defining role as Freddy Krueger? Or will a new actor step into the striped sweater and fedora, as Jackie Earle Haley did in the previous Elm Street reboot from 2010? Choosing the right creative forces can make or break a film, and these candidates may just be up to the task. 

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    With The Conjuring film series, James Wan has shown an ability to effectively juggle visceral supernatural horror and taut family drama.

    This combination is exactly what A Nightmare on Elm Street needs. 

    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Kuching, Malaysia
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  • The actor and producer has his sights set on A Nightmare on Elm Street, but only on one condition: Robert Englund must return to the fold. Wood stated:

    You have to bring Robert Englund back for one more film. I think, especially if you’re going to open up a new franchise and take it in different directions, you have to establish it with him and then you can move on. I don’t think it’s interesting to tell the same story over and over again, we don’t need another origin story of Freddy Krueger, I don’t think it should even really be so much about Freddy.

    Whether Wood would write and/or direct a new Nightmare film remains to be seen, but his production company SpectreVision is behind a few really solid horror films (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night among them), so we can definitely expect a quality film should Wood win the bid.

    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
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    The Soska Sisters

    Dubbed "the Twisted Twins," Sylvia and Jen Soska know how to make a bloody good movie. Their take on Freddy might be a perfect blend of scary and funny, like his iteration in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

    Moreover, the Soskas publicly stated via their Twitter account that they want to see Heather Langenkamp - who played Nancy in the original film and Dream Warriors, as well as a fictionalized version of herself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare - back in action. Fans of the series would undoubtedly support this move.

    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: North Vancouver, Canada
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    After producing several indie horror films throughout the 2010s - including Darling, Like Me, and Psychopaths - Jenn Wexler made her directorial debut with The Ranger, a revisionist slasher film that dispatched young punks in increasingly horrible ways, while also capturing one's drive for identity and self-awareness, especially in a morally bankrupt world.

    These qualities would fit right at home in a new A Nightmare on Elm Street movie.

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