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Jackie Earle Haley Is Freddy Krueger
In Nightmare On Elm Street remake

06 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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In Little Children, Jackie Earle Haley played a paedophile. In Watchmen, he played a maniac on a never-ending mission of his own devising. Now he's combining the two in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, where he will play Freddy Krueger.

Yes, that's right: they're remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are (of course) behind it, along with original studio New Line. Music video director Samuel Bayer is directing, from a script by Wesley Strick. Strick wrote Arachnophobia and Wolf, but also the films of Doom and The Saint, so it's anyone's guess as to how this will turn out.

Filming's due to start in Chicago next month, with a bunch of nubile victims teens still to be cast between now and then. Let's hope Haley brings his usual quality performance to this, and that it doesn't harm the good name of the original.

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Oh no not another copy cat re-make
Is this going to be another copy cat remake (chainsaw massacre, Friday 13th, Psycho, hills have eyes etc), if so whats the point non of the the ones mentioned had anything new to add, they were no better than the originals, Nightmare on Elm st was a low budget gore fest, classic 80's style teenage horror flick , Robert Englund was Freddie Kruger, its not as if this was some classic character from a novel or a comic book that can be interpreted in different ways. If on the other hand this is a More

Posted by cornflake180 at 13:59 on 13 April 2009 | Report This Post

Ideal Casting
i did'nt want to see this until Jackie Earle Haley was announced as freddy this is showing some promise, More

Posted by john o callaghan at 18:30 on 10 April 2009 | Report This Post

I dont mind a Nightmare on Elm remake, in fact im quite looking forward to it. But without Robert Englund, it just wont be the same! I'm guessing he was asked first and turned it down, leading me to think it'll be lame. Which is a shame More

Posted by maelzch at 09:09 on 10 April 2009 | Report This Post

Screw all these re-makes!! NOES is a fucjin classic! I'm disgusted and will boycott it - it just proves Robert could have played the role!!!!! No-one will surpass the original masterpiece. Hollywood and especially PLatinum Dunes suck!!! All their movies are crap money making machines. Go fuck urselves PD! More

Posted by princemadonna at 18:55 on 09 April 2009 | Report This Post

don't get it either
Hello. Robert Englund is freddy.End of. More

Posted by Dirty_harry at 17:51 on 09 April 2009 | Report This Post

it might of been influential to you it certainly was not influential to me, it was bloated pap. i respect Alan Moore, bet he was glad he had his name removed from the cinematic travesty. it was bits of batman, bits of X-Men and bits of The punisher all chucked into a blender, WATCHMEN failed. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 20:10 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

is there anything getting released soon that's not a remake/reboot/sequel/comic book adaptation? pfffft. im living only cos i know avatar's lurking somewhere on the horizon, and it better be fucking amazing, that's all i'm saying. More

Posted by staypuft2 at 02:37 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Excellent casting choice, and as a huge Freddy fan i cant wait, my one concern though is the writer i mean look at his credentials i think that is going to be the films downfall, dont see why they dont give Wes Craven the writing duties would be a hell of a lot better as New Nightmare was damn fine. More

Posted by bozzy at 13:36 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

Has there been a modern horror re-make that was good? I'm thinking Psycho, Texas Chainsaw, Friday 13th, etc. This Elm St. remake has f'd-up written all over it, a sad attempt at trying to make money. More

Posted by VijayUK at 08:48 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

re: The curse of Krueger
actually - just checked IMDB - he's been going since 1972 - maybe he's had enough of demonstrating his range - Krueger will be a great pension plan - and i have to admit he's perfect casting More

Posted by Dr Science at 23:05 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

The curse of Krueger
I hope this doesn't end up being a career cul de sac for JEH - I'd like to see whether he has range beyond gravelly voiced freaks More

Posted by Dr Science at 22:57 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

you've seen it all before because the graphic novel was hugely influential More

Posted by Dr Science at 22:55 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Perfect casting choice, no question. Freddy and Rorschach were bought up in the same deranged, demented house (Kovacs went out the front door, Krueger the back); Haley has just the right physique and presence to give the character gravitas and a genuine sense of fear and psychomania. Friday the 13th and The Unborn may have been enormous disappointments, but Platinum Dunes know their stuff, and - despite reports to the contrary - really DO care. See Brad Fuller's excellent blog over at Blood More

Posted by MAL1201 at 20:16 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Having seen his performance in Watchmen I certainly think this is probably perfect casting, however I see no point in remaking NoES at all. The remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was OK (hey Jessica Biel' in it) and I haven't seen any of the others, where is the sense in going over something again that already ran out of steam about 15 years ago and no-one really cares about. More

Posted by durelius at 19:51 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Dont get it
Seems daft to me remake this iconic movie, given that the results so far have been less than encouraging. It doesnt help that untested directors always seem to take charge. If you told me that David Fincher was remaking this movie, or Terry Gilliam was to reinvent the concept then I might get excited and look forward to the results, but that is never going to happen and so what is compelling Bays company? Fast buck rehashes that dont add anything to the mythology. Just seems like shortsighted no More

Posted by tobywan at 19:16 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Watchmen was overated pap, boring, predictable tripe, seen it all before, Friday The 13TH remake was fucking terrible, this remake will suck ass juice from the back end of a rancid cancerous dog that died of a prolapse. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 19:15 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

They fucked up Friday 13th!
Surely a boring Friday 13th remake was near impossible... and yet somehow this production company managed it. Remaking Nightmare was always a pretty bad idea. Can someone speak sense to them before it's too late? More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 18:01 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Good choice!
Good choice in casting but sadly he won't get much to say... I saw a video review of the script about a week ago and apparently Krueger is played as an innocent victim to some extent in the remake. It is up to the various teens to work out whether he was guilty or not. From what it said the film plays out almost like a drama with odd moments of gore. Also, there is no real explanation how he ends up with the glove, as he doesn't use it to murder children with in the remake. It certainly sounds i More

Posted by losthighway at 17:08 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Pedo
I thought that the same thing to be honest, he just kills them in their dreams. I do remember however in the 1st one though when Nancy's mum tells her of how he used to be a child molester before he was hunted down and killed by the parents. More

Posted by Hobin Wan Kenobi at 15:09 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

I thought he just liked to kill them? More

Posted by Kilo_T_Mortal at 14:36 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Genius Casting
We could discuss all day whether or not we need another remake, but out of all the actors out there to cast as a new Freddy, Haley is by far the most interesting choice. For me it has made the film worth seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Rorschach. He should lend the origins of Freddy a sense of weight and depth, something that became missing from the latter Elm street movies as Englund gradually became a parody of himself. More

Posted by BOOOM at 14:32 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Good Choice
Jackie Earle Haely is going to be a good Freddy. Coming off a good performance in Watchmen, they couldn't have picked any one better to protray one of the most frightning faces in all of horror. More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 14:30 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Apparently Robert Englund has been cast to play Rorschach in a Watchmen reboot next year.....Probably! More

Posted by steveg66 at 13:20 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

If it had to be recast... good choice.
Was the premise for the origina Nightmare so original Hollywood has, in essence, remade it eight times (including FvJ)??? More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 13:11 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

It's about size, folks, as always...
Why was Robert Englund chosen many years ago and why is Jackie Earle Haley now? Because they are fine actors and have SMALL HEADS, so you can apply a full head-make up without creating an pumpkin-head-Freddie. Watch David Bowie in old age-mask in "The Hunger" and you will see the problems when applying such make up to guys with big heads. More

Posted by Roderich at 12:47 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

good, but not the same.
damn. double post More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 12:23 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

good, but not the same.
Don't get me wrong Jackie Earle Haley is a perfect cast choice, but at the end of the day its not Robert Englund slicing and dicing the idiotic teens with his razor-sharp-digits. More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 12:05 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

He'll probably be good in it but why couldn't he be good in a good movie? More

Posted by shanewire at 11:39 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Why too old?
Can't see why Englund is too old...did we ever learn how old Fred was initially? Ah well, I guess it is right to say it would be a come down for him after Watchmen. In that overlong, biggest disappointment of my cinema going life, boring piece of horseshite he was the best thing by far and stopped me from walking out! Just wish they would stop remaking stuff over and over... More

Posted by Fozola at 11:18 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Just wondering...
Would anyone hold it against me if I said that Jackie's performance in "Watchmen" was so amazing that becoming Freddy Kruger in a new franchise is a bit of step down. He should be making new films, original films, less generic films. Films in which, I dunno, he can show his face. More

Posted by Mopictures at 11:13 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

I gotta say i think he's gonna make a Freddy to rival Robert. I just think he can do it. He's scary and odd looking fella to say the least so combine Little Women and Watchmen and his Freddy is gonna kick some teen dreaming ass! Although, i gotta say for the role of Nancy should be a perfect fit for either Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric, or Ashley Tisdale, which may either one teen stardom rivalled only by Ellen Page in Hard Candy or Natalie Portman in Leon. More

Posted by Director at 11:05 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

This could be good...
...depending on the direction they take. Freddy's back story is, uh, interesting to say the least, but has always been played in an over the top fashion (pre-burn Freddy licking the back of the photo in Freddy Vs. Jason should have been icky, but Englund just doesn't have the acting chops to pull it off, so to speak). Also, the issues surrounding his parentage has legs for further development. I suppose what I'm trying to say is, I don't feel Nightmare fits into the three horror catergories that More

Posted by MarkL1977 at 11:03 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Great Casting!
Very good pick for Freddie and I will actually give any remake the benefit of doubt. The original Nightmare on Elm Street is compfortably one of the scariest films ever made and would figure in even the most die hard horror fans top 10 if not top 5. That said it all got a little ridiculous after part 3 (some would argue 3 was poor as well but it's one of my guilty pleasures) so a remake based on the last tastes of the franchise wouldn't exactly be sacrilage. More

Posted by bronco3114 at 10:46 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ok..
Good casting this. Englund's too old for an origin story - get over it. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:39 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Ok.. Robert Englund's not in it. But he must be the next best actor for the job? Here's hoping for a remake like The Hills Have Eyes and not another Halloween! More

Posted by chunk at 09:04 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

No interest!
Why oh why are they bothering with this crud? Unless it is the story leading up to him getting torched it seems like a waste of time. Then again, maybe moving away from the idea of a kid killing dirtbag who turned into an MTV cool dude spouting more one liners than Arnie wouldn't be such a bad thing! Earle Haley is a decent choice I guess but I think that Englund has the spark that created the character's appeal in the first place so why ditch him? More

Posted by Fozola at 08:44 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

It is ironic though.
Nightmare was nearly the film that gave Jackie his start in movies back in the 80's. He went to audition and took his mate along, a nobody called Johnny Depp. Well I think we all know who got the part! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 08:37 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

Whoo hooooo
Probably the best news ive heard all week!!! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 08:34 on 06 April 2009 | Report This Post

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