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Will Robert De Niro Play Freddy Krueger?

Fred Topel Fred Topel
February 2nd, 2009 1:37pm EST
Robert De Niro(Starpulse in Hollywood): Every week, Hollywood's biggest stars are meeting in the hot spots of Beverly Hills, and Starpulse is there. The old joke is that every horror movie has infinite sequels, none more than Friday the 13th (there are 11 if you count Freddy vs. Jason!) Now the not-so-funny truth is that they're all being remade again.

After new versions of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and next week's "Friday the 13th" ramped up, with a new Child's Play still in the works, it was only a matter of time before A Nightmare on Elm Street joined the club.

Brad Fuller, who produced the "Texas" and "Friday" reboots, is working on "Nightmare." He said the interest in the juicy Freddy Krueger role is so high that he's even getting calls from A-listers. Could Robert De Niro go method acting on your dreams?

"You talkin' to me?" Fuller joked. "I didn't say it because I'm happy that Robert De Niro wants to play Freddy Krueger. It's not that. I'm excited that there are actors of a great quality who are interested in stepping into those [shoes]."

Of course the actual auditions will be a secret until they announce the new Freddy. "Here's the crazy part. We are getting incoming calls for the first time in our career with actors of real caliber and quality who are pursuing that role, which is absolutely astonishing to us," Fuller explained.


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Robert Englund originated the role of the child murderer burned to death by angry parents, haunting their children's dreams in eight films (again, including "Freddy Vs. Jason.")

Fuller's partner Andrew Form said they have Englund's blessing to cast a new Freddy. "He doesn't want to do it," Form said. "By the way, we'd love to have him be a part of the film but we know he doesn't [want to play him]. It's time for a new Freddy."

Fred Topel
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