This is what a $32.9-million opening weekend will get you. A planned sequel to a remake that many don’t think should have ever got off the ground in the first place. Warner Bros., New Line and Platinum Dunes seem to be having the last laugh, though, as, according to The Wrap, a 3D sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street is already in development. According to Dan Fellman, distribution president for Warners, a story hasn’t been punched up, yet, but when you’re dealing with a film that had the largest April-May corridor opening in history (what a qualifier that is), you have to begin considering franchise.
More than likely, though, the transition from announcement of project to release of project won’t be so smooth if the film has even remotely the type of 2nd weekend drop last year’s Friday the 13th had. At $35 million, A Nightmare on Elm Street cost more than F13‘s $19 million, and Freddy didn’t scare up as much opening weekend box office as Jason did. Nightmare opened with $32.9. F13 opened with $40.5. When the dust was settled, though, F13 ended up pulling in $65 million domestic, and plans for a sequel to that film were recently scrapped.
This is also a quick change from Brad Fuller’s discussion last week about being apprehensive to fast-track a Nightmare sequel, in 3D, no less. Cole stated at the time it was refreshing to hear a producer taking the careful route. A lot changes when your movie opens to $30+ million, I guess.
The 3D aspect of this is strange to behold, as well, with Fuller stating he wouldn’t be comfortable converting a film to 3D. He says a film must be conceived in 3D in order for the immersion of the 3D to take full effect. Of course, enough money coming your way will make you begin to conceive stories that are conducive to 3D awfully quick.
Time will tell how far this gets lifted off the ground. This time last year, we thought a Friday the 13th sequel was well on its way. Now, we’re back to the guessing game.
What do you think?