Just last week I shared with you all an interesting "pitch" for a new A Nightmare on Elm Street movie from the real Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund. In that piece, I pointed out that 2010 remake ended up being a nonstarter for a new Elm Street franchise. This week I've got a quote from one of that film's stars, Thomas Dekker, which basically reveals why that film was doomed to fail.
Dekker pulls no punches, really, when he answers a question from Screen Geek about whether or not the director should be blamed for what became of the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake:
"It’s a tricky one to talk about. I would say it was an honor to be a part of it. I think the cast as we know, we had two, now one-time Oscar nominee and another two-time Oscar nominee who’s still a very good friend of mine, Rooney Mara, and I think the issue at hand with that movie can’t really be thrown at the director because the director was basically a gun for hire to make it look good, and he did that. It looked great. But it’s basically like most good films tell a story, that film was to sell a tuxedo. It’s a sales movie. “It’s okay, we got this idea we’re going to take and we’re going to make money off it, so let’s just do that”. Even though the intentions of the artistic forces behind it were 'Okay, we’re going to open up the mythology of Freddy Krueger, we’re going to make him darker and actually explore the idea of child sexual abuse' and those are all the things that interested me. Of course at the end of the day when you have to put it in 1,000 theaters or more, you have to shy away from those things and just make it a sell-able entity. So I think you can’t really start judging the leaves of a tree if the seed is fucked.
"And that’s that situation. The unfortunate part is if it had been an independent film, sort of inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street, I think it could have been something really special, but in order to afford that brand, then you have to cater to the lowest common denominator, and that’s what happens with these remakes. You’re not allowed the privilege of originality if you’re not coming up with an original idea."
It's interesting to hear the actor speak so frankly about what he thought went wrong with the failed A Nightmare on Elm Street. Dekker really chalks it up to the film being robbed of any creativity or originality, in favor catering to the "lowest common denominator." It's funny, because those are the exact kinds of theories that mere fanboys and self-described "film buffs" create in order to critique most remakes. It sounds like Dekker, speaking as an insider, is confirming everyone's most cynical perception of what happens with certain remakes.
Now that we've got one of the remake's stars tossing dirt on its grave, I bet that Robert Englund's pitch for how he'd continue the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise from last week is sounding really good, isn't it?
SOURCE: Screen Geek