In the modern era of legacy sequels, you can count in Mark Patton and Kim Myers of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge if a new legacy sequel is made for the Elm Street franchise.
In the first sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mark Patton played Jesse Walsh, a teenager who starts having nightmares about Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) after moving into a new home on Elm Street in Springwood, Ohio. Kim Myers also starred as Lisa Webber, one of Jesse’s best friends. Per ScreenRant, Patton and Myers were present for a panel at the Mad Monster Party Arizona convention, and they were asked if they’d be interested in potentially revisiting their roles in a legacy sequel, even for quick cameo appearances. As it turns out, the actors wouldn’t need to be asked twice.
“I absolutely would,” Myers says, noting how this is a more recent opinion. “I wouldn’t have felt that way a few years ago, but I think seeing, feeling the impact of our film and these films on the people who support them like you guys, it’s amazing. It’s incredible. And I think it would be such, just so wonderful… So yes I absolutely would. I’d like to see where it would go.” Patton added, “I would too, and I think they will be done because it’s a billion dollar franchise. Like there’s too many money people in L.A. to let them sit there for very long.”
Given the ongoing popularity of A Nightmare on Elm Street, it might just be a matter of time before the franchise makes its way back to theaters. Other slasher movie franchises have found big success with legacy sequels, notably Halloween and Scream. Following a lengthy legal battle over the rights, Friday the 13th is also in the process of getting rebooted, this time as a TV series called Crystal Lake that’s in the works at Peacock. Freddy Krueger is getting left out in the cold, as he hasn’t had a movie since the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot starring Jackie Earle Haley was released in 2010.
The future of A Nightmare on Elm Street remains unclear, but it should be noted that a legacy sequel is getting less likely with time going on. Robert Englund is not getting any younger, and he just recently said he doesn’t feel he can realistically play that role on film again. But even if a reboot is what’s next for Freddy, the door is still wide open for franchise stars to appear as new characters, and that includes, Englund, Patton, and Myers.