Halloween is right around the corner, and while the film won’t be released in time for this holiday season, a new installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is on its way. Lionsgate’s Leatherface aims to tell the origin story of everyone’s favorite skin-wearing maniac, and a poster for the film has now landed online. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury—the filmmakers behind the ABCs of Death 2 segment “X is for Xylophone”—take the helm of this new installment, which introduces a teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates. During the escape, he kidnaps a young nurse and they embark on a rather curious road trip with a deranged lawman hot on their tail.
Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff lead the cast, but not much else is known about the new film. The series hasn’t had much in the way of continuity as of late. It was rebooted in 2003 with the solidly terrifying remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which offered an explanation for Leatherface’s penchant for skin faces and a bit of background on the character, but that movie was followed by another reboot in 2006, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. That film, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, was a prequel of sorts, taking place in 1969 and delving into the roots of Leatherface’s family. Then 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D took the “alternate sequel” route, acting as a direct sequel to the 1974 original and ignoring all the other films.
So here again is another reboot that hopes to jump start this horror franchise and add even more backstory. Will it be a compelling account that explains why Leatherface is as deranged as he is, or are we due for a one-off followed by yet another reboot in another couple of years? No idea, but I dig this poster. Check it the poster below, via Lionsgate. Leatherface also stars Sam Strike and Vanessa Grasse and is slated for release sometime in 2016.