The long-anticipated Freddy vs. Jason feature pitting A Nightmare on Elm Street's razor-gloved fiend against Friday the 13th's hockey-masked slasher will finally start filming later this year. However, horror maven Wes Craven, who helmed Freddy's first adventure in 1984, will not be part of the big screen showdown. Instead, 51st State filmmaker Ronny Yu will preside over the pic.
"I am not shepherding it in any way," Craven tells TV Guide Online. "I've heard that they're shooting it I'm not part of it. I have a close friend Sean Cunningham, who I'm sure owns half the [Friday the 13th] franchise with New Line Cinema. I've heard that they're doing it, but I spoke with Sean and he said, 'They still haven't cleared me up legally' so I don't know what's going on.
"I was given the opportunity to think of an idea for Freddy vs. Jason eight years ago," Craven reveals. "I just couldn't think of a way to do it that wouldn't be laughable. They're sort of in two different worlds: Freddy's in the dream world, Jason's in this world. Do they work together or are they fighting each other and who cares if they are? I wasn't able to solve it."
What is Craven's opinion of all these upcoming films which find pop culture icons doing battle against each other? (In addition to Freddy vs. Jason, Superman vs. Batman and Predator vs. Alien are also in the works.) The Scream king clearly has mixed feelings. "Frankly, I think these Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein-type movies where they cobble two [worn out] ideas together and try to get one more thing out of them have run their course," he sighs. "But if somebody comes up with a really fresh take on how [Freddy and Jason] could be merged or confront each other, it's bound to be terrific."