Original Nightmare On Elm Street Star Discusses Sequel Return

Heather Langenkamp is keen – just don’t get her started on doing a remake.

A Nightmare On Elm Street.
A Nightmare On Elm Street The original and best. Image New Line Cinema

Heather Langenkamp, the star of the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, has opened the door to a potential return to the franchise – just don’t expect to see her in any remake.

Langenkamp shot to stardom back in 1984 as Nancy alongside the likes of Johnny Depp in Wes Craven’s supernatural slasher movie.

She went on to reprise the role in the criminally underrated sequel A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors in an appearance that saw her character killed off for good.

However, speaking to Too Fab during the 30th anniversary of the underrated Frank Darabont-penned sequel, Langenkamp admitted she would be open to reprising the role in some capacity:

“You see this in some of the other horror franchises, is that they’re taking the universes of these stories, all the elements of the story that was created and picking something that was over here, not the main thrust of the story and expanding upon it. There’s so much in the Nightmare on Elm Street realm that could still be explored. I would never say no to the option of doing something like that. It’s a great universe and it’s one of the most creative franchises. There’s more to be made, I’m sure.”

The idea comes as Hollywood continues to look at innovative ways of modernising established franchises by putting older, more established stars and characters alongside newcomers.

Star Wars brought back Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as a means of passing the torch on to their younger co-stars, while Independence Day 2 saw Jeff Goldblum teamed with Liam Hemsworth.

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Heather Langenkamp Image New Line Cinema

But while Langenkamp may be open to reprising the role of Nancy, she would never be involved in an kind of remake – in fact, she revealed to Too Fab that she’s never seen the 2010 version which saw Jackie Earle Haley replace Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger.

Langenkamp told Too Fab:

“I don’t want to see another person play Freddy Krueger. I don’t want to see scenes that we worked really hard on be reimagined. I respect their reason for doing it but I don’t want to have it in my imagination or my mind. Those memories are so precious to me. I was a teenager when I made that movie so it’s so formative. My friendship with Robert Englund is so important to me that I don’t need it.” 

While the remake did score big at the box office, it received mixed reviews from fans and critics and, as yet, there are no plans for Earle Haley to return to the role or for the new vision of the Nightmare to continue on without him. 

However, given Langenkamp’s comments we wouldn’t rule out a return to Elm Street at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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