As I've noted grumpily many times, I'm not much for sequels or franchises. On and freaking on. Off hand the only sequel I can think of that was possibly good as the original was the second Invasion of The Body Snatchers. In that case Phil Kaufman was bright enough to use his film as a commentary on the decade it was being filmed in. Witty and wise as a social document. (Jeff Goldblum reading Velikovsky in the mud bath; Leonard Nimoy as the pop prince shrink inveighing everybody to be a sociopath like him.) And making it one of the finest suspense films of its time.
But as we all know, the world doesn't seem to give much of a damn about what Ed Gorman of Cedar Rapids, Ioway thinks about anything. It goes right on rubbing its greasy hand in Ed's face. (Enough of the third person; it's getting weird.)
To wit from Variety today:
New Line sets up new 'Nightmare'
Freddy Krueger returns to theaters
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been set by New Line to re-launch Freddy Krueger, the iconic psycho who haunts the subconscious dreams of teenagers and kills them in their sleep.
The trio will create a new franchise based on "A Nightmare Before Elm Street," the 1984 Wes Craven film.
Originally played by Robert Englund, Krueger haunted nine films and two TV series, and was New Line's most lucrative franchise until "The Lord of the Rings."
The deal comes as Bay, Fuller and Form ready for an April start for "Friday the 13th," a New Line re-launch of another iconic baddie, Jason Voorhees. "Cloverfield" star Odette Yustman has just been set to star, and Marcus Nispel will direct a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift ("Freddy Vs. Jason").
Platinum Dunes is busy. At Rogue Pictures, the producers are prepping an untitled David Goyer-directed exorcism thriller, and a "Near Dark" remake that will be directed by Samuel Bayer. Bay, Fuller and Form are also developing a Universal remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," with Martin Campbell directing Naomi Watts.
Holy shit, Batman. They really DON'T care what I think, do they?