Director Samuel Bayer Would Not Return for Nightmare on Elm Street Sequel; Hints at Comic Book Adaptation
Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by David Chen
I recently had the opportunity to chat extensively with director Samuel Bayer, who’s directing the upcoming remake for A Nightmare on Elm Street. We’ll have the full audio and text of the interview up on the site tomorrow, so be sure check back for that. In the meantime, I can reveal that he’s explicitly stated that even if the Elm Street remake performs well, he won’t be returning to the director’s chair for any sequels that may arise. Instead, he might be focusing his energies on a potential comic-book adaptation. Hit the jump for some more details, straight from the horse’s mouth.
I asked Bayer about what he would do if Nightmare performed well at the box office. Would he return for a sequel? Bayer responded:
I really hope the film does well. I will not be involved in a sequel…I don’t want to have my next movie be a horror movie. I’m already looking at stuff and I think I’m probably going to do a– it might be an action movie, or there’s a comic book they want to make into a film I’m very attracted to. But I think I’m going to move on and let someone else handle the next one, and it’ll be great.
I pressed Bayer for more information on his next project, and he was actually about to reveal some details when someone on the other end of the line appeared to stop him. Here’s his end of the exchange:
There’s a comic– I’m sure my agent would kill me for this, because I’m sure I’m not supposed to talk about it or whatever, but I don’t really care, is that– no, my assistant is shaking her head. No. No? No? I was going to mention a project. Shut up? Okay. I’m doing what people tell me. Yeah, I’ll bury myself with this one. There’s some very, very cool stuff out there. I’m really into graphic novels and really into the superhero genre, and I really think there’s some interesting stuff going on, and I think that’s what I’m leaning towards.
So, that’s all the news we have for now. Bayer fans might remember that last year, Bayer was attached to direct Fiasco Heights, which THR described as a film noir story in which “a gunman returns to the crime-ridden city of Fiasco Heights and teams with a degenerate gambler/private eye on the run from a syndicate to look for a beautiful femme fatale and a mysterious briefcase.” It’s graphic-novel-esque, but Bayer sounds like he’s describing something different here, something more ambitious. We’ll have more details as they come. Check back tomorrow for the full, 25-minute interview.