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3. At least two more sequels were originally planned.
Sure, the film did pretty well at the box office, but after fans and critics tore the film apart following its release, it didn’t seem likely that there’d be as many filmgoers showing up for a follow-up film. Perhaps that’s why all plans for a new franchise were abandoned, while at least two were in the cards to be shot.
Star Rooney Mara, who played as Nancy, was contractually obligated to do a sequel; Jackie Earle Haley, who played Freddy Krueger, had signed on for three films total. Producers apparently had high hopes for revitalizing the series, but after the negative reception, they seemed to have washed their hands completely from it, and the next entry in the franchise will be forgetting this one ever existed.
When the 2010 film was pulling in the cash at the box office, a sequel had been given a green light by the studio, and Haley had even started his negotiations for his salary as well as storyline ideas for the next entry. As the weeks that followed only produced more and more negative reviews of the film, the studio was forced to finally tap out and abandon the ship.
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