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Forget Friday The 13th This 40-Year-Old Horror Franchise Needs Mike Flanagan More

Summary

  • Flanagan’s successful take on The Exorcist could lead to other horror franchise reboots.
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street has potential for a revival, and could greatly benefit from Flanagan’s creativity.
  • Friday the 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street both need Flanagan’s touch to come back to life.



Mike Flanagan taking over the reboot of The Exorcist has sparked interest in him rescuing the Friday the 13th franchise – but there’s another horror franchise from the 1980s that needs Flanagan more. The horror genre has been going through a great run in recent years with adaptations of other works, legacy sequels, and reboots of popular horror franchises. The successful return of franchises like Halloween and Scream has led to the revival of others, though not all of them have had the same success, and others haven’t moved past development.

Among the latest horror franchises to come back to life through legacy sequels/reboots is The Exorcist with David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer, a direct sequel to William Friedkin’s 1973 classic. Unfortunately, The Exorcist: Believer didn’t live up to expectations and turned out to be a huge disappointment, leading the studio to rethink their reboot trilogy plans. Mike Flanagan is now in charge of a second Exorcist reboot with a movie separate from Believer, leading to hopes for him to revive Friday the 13th too, but there’s one franchise that needs him the most.


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Mike Flanagan Has Expressed Interest In Directing A Nightmare On Elm Street

Mike Flanagan Is One Of The Modern Masters Of Horror

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Flanagan replied to a piece of Freddy Krueger fan art with “
a guy can dream
”, but that was enough to spark interest in what his take on
A Nightmare On Elm Street
could be like.


Mike Flanagan has earned a spot among the Masters of Horror thanks to movies like Oculus, Hush, and Doctor Sleep, as well as the TV shows The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Flanagan’s name is now synonymous with quality and depth in the horror genre, so there’s a lot of anticipation around his projects. Flanagan being in charge of The Exorcist’s second reboot is quite promising for the franchise, and with Friday the 13th going through issues with its latest project, there’s interest in him taking over it too – but there’s also A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Flanagan quoted a post on X (formerly Twitter) of a piece of fan art featuring Freddy Krueger’s face and the caption “Mike and Freddy”. Flanagan simply wrote “a guy can dream”, but that was enough to spark interest in what his take on A Nightmare On Elm Street could be like. The A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise started in 1984 with Wes Craven’s movie of the same name, which introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind slasher killer who haunts his victims where they’re most vulnerable: their dreams, and if he kills them there, they die in the real world, too.


The critical and commercial success of A Nightmare On Elm Street spawned a franchise with six sequels, a crossover with Friday the 13th, and a remake, as well as a TV show, comic books, a documentary, and more. A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the horror genre, and, surprisingly, it hasn’t gotten a legacy sequel yet, but a reboot has been trapped in development hell for a long time now.

A Nightmare On Elm Street’s Reboot Has Been In Development Hell For Years

The Last A Nightmare On Elm Street Movie Was Released In 2010

Since the 2010 remake, the franchise hasn’t seen a new movie, though a reboot has been in development for years.


The A Nightmare On Elm Street remake was released in 2010, but it wasn’t a hit with critics nor with general audiences. The A Nightmare On Elm Street remake was directed by Samuel Bayer, and it took the premise of Craven’s original movie but made a couple of changes to it that didn’t quite work. A Nightmare On Elm Street remake was a commercial success but a critical failure, with critics pointing out its lack of depth, pace, lack of originality, and Jackie Earle Haley’s performance as Freddy Krueger as its weaknesses. Since then, the franchise hasn’t seen a new movie, though a reboot has been in development for years.


In 2015, it was announced that Warner and New Line Cinema were developing a second remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street, but the following year, producer Brad Fuller said the project was in development hell. Original Freddy Krueger actor, Robert Englund, expressed interest back then in appearing in a cameo role but not reprising his role as Krueger (via Inquisitr), who he last played in Freddy vs Jason, in 2003. In 2018, the project was said to be in development, but the studio was more focused at the time on the Conjuring franchise (via Bloody Disgusting).

Flanagan could be what the franchise needs to succeed again, as his works stand out for how they explore complex themes and for creating unsettling atmospheres.

In 2019, the rights of A Nightmare On Elm Street had reverted to Wes Craven’s estate, which began to work on future project pitches for new content for the franchise. The A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot hasn’t had anything new to report yet, even with the success of other, similar horror franchises. Flanagan could be what the franchise needs to succeed again, as his works stand out for how they explore complex themes and for creating unsettling atmospheres, which would benefit a franchise that suffered from creative exhaustion and an uneven tone for years.


Mike Flanagan’s The Exorcist Movie Could Make Way For Other Reboots

Mike Flanagan Will Bring New Life To The Exorcist

The Exorcist Believer Angela and Katherine possessed
Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury.

If Flanagan succeeds with his
Exorcist
movie, he could be trusted with reviving other franchises.

Mike Flanagan rescuing other horror franchises might depend on how well his Exorcist movie performs at the box office and with critics. Flanagan’s Exorcist movie is described as a “radical new take”, completely separate from The Exorcist: Believer and what would have been its sequel. Flanagan shared that he will bring “something fresh, bold, and terrifying” to the franchise, so there’s a lot of anticipation and curiosity around it. If Flanagan succeeds with his Exorcist movie, he could be trusted with reviving other franchises, similar to what happened with David Gordon Green.


Friday the 13th could surely benefit from Mike Flanagan’s style, creativity, and impeccable track record, but the franchise has many other issues that have kept it from expanding, while A Nightmare On Elm Street simply needs the right approach to finally come back to life.

Sources: Inquisitr, Bloody Disgusting.

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