New Line Dreams Up New ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Movie With ‘Orphan’ Writer

David Leslie Johnson will bring burned boogeyman Freddy Krueger back to the big screen

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New Line Cinema has started developing a new “A Nightmare On Elm Street” film and has hired David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan”) to write the script, TheWrap has learned.

Burned boogeyman Freddy Krueger will return once again to haunt characters’ dreams. The role was made famous by Robert Englund before Jackie Earle Haley slipped on the razor glove in 2010, though the slasher role will likely be recast with a younger actor this time around.

The 2010 movie was killed by critics, though it grossed $115 million worldwide, turning a bloody good profit for the studio.

New Line executives Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Johnson, who wrote “Red Riding Hood” and “Wrath of the Titans,” most recently did rewrites on James Wan’s “Conjuring” sequel. He’s represented by Paradigm.

The news was first reporting by the Tracking Board.