Granted, Haley turned in a great performance as Rorschach, but there was no reason to recast Freddy Krueger. Haley is only 14 years younger than Englund, and Englund has shown he still has the touch (i.e.: Wes Cravens New Nightmare and the more recent Freddy vs. Jason). I suppose this remake was to be expected given the success of other major horror franchises Friday the 13th and Halloween. Plus, no matter the genre, there is always going to be a pool of directors and executives who feel they can better tell the origin story and milk the franchise.
So how will the new Nightmare on Elm Street play out? We should find out more at this weekends Comic-Con in San Diego, including more of the origin story, and that should be enough to appease the fanbase. For now.