Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger himself, wasn’t a big fan of the 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street remake, but he has one specific idea for how a second remake attempt might be able to improve things. As reported by Cinema Blend, Englund would really like to see Kevin Bacon take over the Freddy Krueger role, and he’s even heard some “gossip” about Bacon being considered for a hypothetical new Nightmare movie (not to be confused with New Nightmare, which was already a movie). Englund isn’t sure if what he has heard is accurate, but he hopes it is because says Bacon “respects horror movies” and “doesn’t make fun of them,” so he has the right attitude to take on a big-personality villain like Freddy Krueger.
Interestingly, this rumor could’ve been started by Bacon himself, who suggested to a fan on Twitter last August that he’d be interested in playing Freddy:
As far as anyone knows, though, there isn’t really another Nightmare On Elm Street revival in the works, so this is all mostly just wishful thinking for everyone involved. That being said, it would be a nice coup for Englund if it does happen. After all, one of Bacon’s first feature film roles was getting stabbed through the neck in Friday The 13th by Pamela Voorhees, the mother of Freddy’s biggest rival, and Jason definitely wouldn’t be happy to see one of his mom’s victims putting on that hat and striped sweater.