This time Freddy's coming for Strick

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New Line has taken a step forward in bringing Freddy back to the big screen.

The Warner Bros. division has hired veteran scribe Wesley Strick to pen the relaunch of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series, the franchise that helped establish New Line into a movie player in the mid-1980s.

The original "Nightmare" was written and directed by Wes Craven and released in 1984. It created one of the most popular villains in screen history, Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund, and its runaway success spawned a slew of sequels.

The films' premise centered on Krueger, a serial child killer murdered who returns with a burned face and razor glove to terrorize teens in their dreams.

The new project will keep the high school setting and delve deeper in the psychology of nightmares and Krueger himself. The plan is to have a dark tone and avoid some of the camp of the sequels. The company hopes to have the movie ready for the 25th anniversary of the original.

Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for the company.

WMA-repped Strick penned "Arachnophobia" and "Cape Fear" and worked on "Mission: Impossible II," among other films. (partialdiff)
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