The franchise of A Nightmare on Elm Street has been over for decades, and yet The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan is interested in at least pitching his concept for the iconic supernatural slasher franchise.
“One of the [franchises] on my list forever has been A Nightmare on Elm Street. Boy, that would be fun.” Flanagan told in a recent interview with Script Apart podcast, “I have a whole take for it that I worked out a couple of years ago.”
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Flanagan's concern doesn’t lie in whether his pitch for A Nightmare on Elm Street would work, but rather on who to pitch the story altogether.
“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.” Flanagan had a thought, though, “So, I keep saying to my agents, ‘Send me in on Nightmare on Elm Street’, and they’re like, ‘We’d love to, [but] we have no idea who you should talk to.’”
“I spent almost a year of my life with [A Nightmare on Elm Street star] Heather Langenkamp, and we would talk about it.” Flanagan added, “It’s like, nobody knows what to do.”
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A Nightmare on Elm Street was previously released for New Line Cinema, which was owned by Warner Bros. and now, upon merging with Warner Bros. Discovery, the franchise now is owned by both companies. The studio has been undergoing changes since last year, and apart from revamping the new DCU with co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, they’re also planning a Harry Potter franchise reboot.
As to whether or not WB would be interested in taking the pitch, Flanagan’s name is worth investing in, considering his The Haunting of Hill House, The Midnight Club, Midnight Mass, and others have received acclaimed awards and praises of critics on his works for horror films and series.