Mike Flanagan made this admission during a recent appearance on the Script Apart podcast. While much of the discussion is centered on Flanagan’s masterful Netflix series “Midnight Mass,” the topic of potential future projects eventually did come up. And the filmmaker was quick to offer “A Nightmare on Elm Street” as a property he’d love to tackle.
“One of the [franchises] on my list forever has been ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,'” Flanagan said, adding with a chuckle, “Boy, that would be fun.” The “Doctor Sleep” helmer went on to claim he’s already plotted a fresh take on the franchise. Unfortunately, it seems nobody quite knows who he should pitch it to. “I have a whole take for it that I worked out a couple of years ago,” he told Script Apart, adding, “and my understanding is the rights situation for that title is so fraught, no one knows who controls it really, and no one knows who to pitch.”
As Flanagan goes on to say, even his agents aren’t really sure who he should talk to in regards to the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. And it seems even his “The Midnight Club” star Heather Langenkamp (who starred in the original franchise) doesn’t know who currently holds the rights to Freddy Krueger-centric content. As it stands, the “Elm Street” franchise has now been dormant since the much-maligned 2010 reboot. And if Mike Flanagan can’t figure out how to get a new “Elm Street” project off the ground, it’ll likely remain so for the foreseeable future.