I guess this was fairly inevitable. Coming off the opening weekend box office success of the sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D, Millennium Films is now moving forward with a follow-up film. The news was first reported by Bloody Disgusting, and Deadline now confirms that production on the untitled sequel is set to get underway later this year in Louisiana. Producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producers Mark Burg, Avi Lerner, Tobe Hooper, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Danny Dimbort, Lati Grobman, and Christa Campbell will all return.
Despite scathing reviews, Texas Chainsaw 3D bested the likes of The Hobbit and Django Unchained to land the number one spot at the box office last weekend with $23 million. BD’s report notes that the producers have acquired the rights to make up to 7 Texas Chainsaw sequels, so depending on how further installments fare, Leatherface may be sticking around for some time to come.
In the spirit of the Halloween season, last night I watched The Cabin in the Woods again for the first time since catching it in theaters back in April. After a second viewing, my feelings on the film haven’t really changed. I love it. I love it with the passion of an army of “Mermen”. It’s just a brilliant blend of satire, horror and comedy and I’ll argue all day/all night with anyone who tells me differently (in all fairness, it’s okay if you don’t like the movie…you’re wrong, but it’s okay). If you’re like me and enjoy taking in horror classics around good ol’ All Hallows’ Eve, I ask that you do yourself a favor and include The Cabin in the Woods in your classic programming slate. You’ll either (A) love it or (B) have the opportunity to argue with me all day/all night. It’s a win-win.
With my Halloween viewing recommendation in hand, I’ll now present to you this week’s edition of our Top 5. In this week’s iteration is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, yours truly’s Texas Chainsaw 3D set visit, Wally Pfister using the words “appalling” and The Avengers in the same sentence and all hell breaking loose shortly thereafter, the first teaser trailer for director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake, and Hugo Weaving vs. Transformers. A brief recap and link to each patiently awaits your attention after the jump.
Producer Carl Mazzocone‘s name is often associated with the work he performed on the Saw franchise as part of Twisted Pictures. In fact, it’s probably not a stretch to say that, to this point, it’s his crowning cinematic achievement. For now, that is. After talking with him on the Louisiana set of Texas Chainsaw 3D, I get the impression that Chainsaw is the type of project he’s spent his entire career prepping for. This isn’t just another film for the producer. This is a longtime dream brought to fruition for which his passion and excitement is palpable.
Build up aside, during my on set interview with Mazzocone, the producer talked at length about his passion for the project, the film’s use of RED Epic 3D cameras, his role in the day-to-day operations of the film, how his goal is to “deliver the best 3D monster movie of modern day”, and much more. In all honesty, everyone I interacted with during my visit was incredibly inviting and willing to answer questions. That said, this interview has to be one of my favorites if for no other reason than Mazzocone’s willingness to lay it all out there without any reservation. Read on for the full interview.
Writer/director John Luessenhop (Takers) is currently in negotiations to give The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise a 3D facelift. Per THR, the project is currently eyeing a June production start and is a joint undertaking between Lionsgate and Nu Image with Carl Mazzocone (former Twisted Pictures production president) producing. Although I’m a fan of the franchise, I have to admit that none of the aforementioned info pertaining to this latest iteration does anything to peak my interest. Luessenhop may well do a fine job bringing Leatherface to a new generation of moviegoers, but his resume isn’t all that assuring and the project’s expedited 3D production has all of the makings of a cash grab. In short, Lionsgate, Nu Image, and Luessenhop all have a lot of work to do if they want this Leatherface fan to give two cents (much less the inflated price of 3D theater admission) about the film.