The Freddy Guide - An Interview with Robert Englunddeadmanwalkin
Bob Bankard was cool enough to email us and let us know that he has an "indepth" interview with "The Man of your Dreams" Robert Englund at his site.
The interview is a great read, and a must for all Freddy/Englund fans. Below are some of the highlights:
Q. Of course, the next question has to be about Freddy Kruger. I understand that just a few weeks ago you went in to speak to New Line about future possible "Nightmare" films. Did anything come of that?
Actually, Jeff Katz is doing this huge new project right now, and he was sort of the person I was going to talk to there. But he’s doing this big thing over at New Line. I need five minutes with those guys, because I have two ideas, now that I know we’re not doing "Freddy versus Jason versus Ash" now, because they’re re-making "Evil Dead." So that looks to me to be out of the loop now.
But if they are considering another Freddy versus Jason, I do have a couple of ideas. One is an old one, but I want to re-pitch it. It does require a major star to come out of retirement – well not retirement, but to OK it and come onboard, because it won’t work without her.
Q. I know the one you’re talking about. Jamie Lee Curtis.
Yeah – she’s doing family films now, and she may not want to do it. But the way it’s conceived it would be a hell of an acting chore for her, because she get to do sort of a rehab/recovery performance, and it would be really fun.
Q. And in the end, she could pull a Sigourney Weaver and really kick some butt.
Yeah – exactly! You could imagine, just see that whole arc of the character, from being damaged and addled and weak, then getting your strength back, you know, it’s that great old thing, the gunfighter who loses their courage. But you have this character that has the knowledge of evil then, and when they’re brought back into the fray… and my idea is to couple her with a strong stepdaughter or daughter, so you have female heroines, which is that great "Niightmare on Elm Street" thematic thing, except this time you have double the fun. This time you have two of ‘em going against two or three monsters; it makes it a little more even than just having Heather Langenkamp up against a squad of monsters.
Q. (Laughter) So, what would be your second one? Or can’t you tell?
Well, my second one, and he’s another actor I love, and I’m just such a big fan of this guy, but we’d have to sit down and talk. I would love to see Tony Todd involved. I think that might be a real idea.
Q. Candyman. That would be pretty great.
Yeah – we’d really be able to open the door to surrealism, then. Whereas, if you use someone like Micheal Meyers, he’s not that different. He has a different goal, but he’s not that different from Jason. But if you get someone like Candyman, now you really open the world to some surrealism in horror, and really go somewhere strange.
You can read the rest of this awesome interview here.