A few days back, it was officially announced that Platinum Dunes planned on remaking/ rebooting/ re-whatevering the classic NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series. The biggest concern on the minds of fans was… would Robert Englund be back as Freddy Krueger? Rumors have been swirling around the internet that he’s in, that he’s out. But today, when talking to Italian web publication BadTaste.it, Englund himself ruled out the possibility of him reprising the role by saying he’s "too old for this new version". Sad news for all us die hards, but what are ya gonna do? One way or another, the new movie is coming! Englund is currently hard at work on his next directorial film THE VIJ. Read on for more quotes & the link to the original article!
Regarding hearing the news of the NIGHTMARE remake, Englund said, "I think it’s due to the great success of the Rob Zombie version of Halloween and I also liked a lot the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, even if I think the original by Tobe Hooper is perfect. Likewise, I consider the original version of Nightmare on Elm Street a classic of this genre, but I think there is always room for new interpretations by using the new tecnology. In the past, they were talking about a prequel. Anyway, I’m too old for this new version, otherwise it would be Freddie vs. Viagra…"
Asked weather he’d consider cameoing in the new Freddy flick? "It would be a lot of fun. I’m a great fan of Michael Bay, I took my nephew to see Transformers on the opening day and I think it was terrific. So, yes, I would be delighted to."
Robert also elaborated on his new film THE VIJ. "It’s inspired by a short story by russian writer Gogol. We’ve taken many characters from there, but we departed from the original story. We’ve taking themes from the original, but the humour and the philosophy has been removed. In the original story, there is an argument among students in a village. They mention our plot, so we’ve taken that mention of the plot and made our movie out of it. A priest goes the village to save the rich man’s daughter, who’s cursed by the fallen angel, The Vij, the guardian of the purgatory, who came to Earth. So, we elaborated that and made it our basic plot story."
More at that link above.