Looking at unmade science fiction, fantasy, horror and superhero films, television shows and episodes.
An unmade A Nightmare on Elm St prequel.
A Nightmare on Elm Street was about the wisecracking vengeful spirit killing teenagers in their dreams. The film reveals that Freddy was a child murderer who escaped prison on a technicality and was murdered by a vigilante mob. The teen victims are the children members of that mob. The film was a success and several sequels and a spin-off television series were made. The pilot to the spin-off television series, Freddy’s Nightmares and the sixth film in the film franchise, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare both show parts of the background of the Freddy character (first alluded to in the original film.)
Playwright R. J. Tsarov and director John McNaughton on 2006’s “Tennessee Speaks in Tongues for You” and worked so well together that Tsarov said they had plans for a sequel to an A Nightmare on Elm Street prequel and a sequel to John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. There was even talk of Heather Langenkamp (Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and herself in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) donning a blond wing and playing her character’s mother (originally played by Ronee Blakely).
Described as a Henry-style docudrama, it was planned as a more “serious film” charting the story of janitor Freddy Kruger as he kidnaps, molests and murders young boys and girls, his subsequent trial, release and murder by the parents of Elm Street.
Tsarov claims that the film “almost happened“. Although there was no clear indication of any thing happening beyond talks with New Line Cinema, the 2010 remake of the first film has most saying that the idea is dead (although there’s no reason it has to be tied to the original continuity – or any continuity). Robert Englund talks about being interest in the film, but admits that he is probably too old to continue playing Freddy Kruger. The tone, of course would have been completely different to the original film.
Originally posted 26/11/2013.