Your Obligatory ‘Elm Street’ Sequel News Post

By  · Published on April 26th, 2010

For whatever reason, it seems obvious which films are gunning for franchise status (almost all of them) because Hollywood would rather become the McDonald’s of filmmaking instead of the Whataburger, Five Guys, or In-and-Out depending on your regional affiliation. It’s an especially prevalent question for a property that’s taking its cues from an existing franchise. Double points for being horror.

So it’s refreshing to hear a producer actually claim that it would be an act of hubris to greenlight sequels before giving fans a chance to weigh in with their wallets.

Bloody Disgusting spoke with Nightmare on Elm Street resurrecter Brad Fuller, a producer for Platinum Dunes, and raised the ubiquitous question:

Honestly, no one’s had a conversation about a sequel at this point, and I think that to do so would be arrogant. At the end of the day, the sequel discussion, the right time to have that is after this movie…if this movie comes out and accomplishes what the studio wants, then we can have sequel discussion. But I can tell you that there has not been one conversation about a sequel at this point.

For a movie that seems tailor-made for sequels (again), it’s really fantastic to hear someone embedded in that process cool his heels a bit, refusing to get worked up about the prospect. I have no idea if his claim that no one has even talked about it is accurate, and I imagine it’s not, but it’s more than possible that there have been no official meetings on it.

Fuller also showed common sense in answering the also-ubiquitous question about 3D, saying that it would be something to look at only if the movie was planned that way but not if it was an afterthought done in post-production.

Surprise. We’ll have to wait and see whether the movie has a following before the producers will shove another one into theaters. Well played, Platinum Dunes.

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