TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Prequel is Now Titled LEATHERFACE and Has a Writer

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Last week we filled you in on the progress that Millennium Films was gaining in regard to giving the Texas Chainsaw franchise another go.  At the time it was reported that the new film would be foregoing the events of Texas Chainsaw 3D and instead would be a sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre (before you get uppity about typos I should remind you that some films in the franchise combine the words “chain” and “saw” and others don’t) and a prequel to last year’s Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Texas Chainsaw 3D hit in early 2013 to a fantastic opening weekend at the box office before sinking like a stone due to poor word of mouth, so it makes sense that producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman would be looking for a new angle on the story.  Nothing appeals to fans more than going back to the thing that started it all.  Hence, Leatherface, the new film said to take place before  Tobe Hooper’s original film (which means that it’s now a prequel to the entire franchise, not just last year’s reboot).  Hit the jump for more on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 Release Date Pushed to October 2015, New TEXAS CHAINSAW About Leatherface’s Teen Years in the Works?

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Hopefully you got your Paranormal Activity fix from the spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, because even though Paranormal Activity 5 was originally set to hit theaters on October 25, 2013 and then October 24, 2014, Paramount Pictures is now gunning for an October 2015 release instead.  At least that’s better than the 2016 date Paramount Pictures International teased at CineEurope last month.

On top of that, it also looks as though Millennium Films and Lionsgate might be giving the Texas Chainsaw franchise another go and possibly even nix plans to run with the cliffhanger from Texas Chainsaw 3D and go with a prequel idea instead.  Hit the jump for more on both stories.

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Blu-ray Review

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There is no rational reason why I enjoy Texas Chainsaw as much as I do. It’s an unpretentious entry in a largely unremarkable horror franchise, which – like a lot of said franchises – followed its groundbreaking original up with an increasingly bewildering pile of drek. By now, no one expects anything from it, which may make its not-at-all-bad status come as a refreshing surprise. Hit the jump for my full review.

New to Blu-ray: CLOUD ATLAS, DEXTER: THE SEVENTH SEASON, 3:10 TO YUMA Criterion and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Weekend Box Office: EVIL DEAD Rises to $26 Million; JURASSIC PARK 3D Falls to Fourth

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Evil Dead was the clear box office champ this weekend. The horror remake earned an estimated $26 million from 3,025 locations, or about $5 million more than originally projected. The weekend’s only other ‘new’ release was Jurassic Park 3D. With $18.2 million from 2,771 runs, the converted-classic fell to fourth behind the more-current 3D hit, The Croods.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Evil Dead $26,000,000 $26
2.  G.I. Joe Retaliation $21,100,000 $86.6
3.  The Croods $21,100,000 $125.8
4.  Jurassic Park 3D $18,247,000 $18.2
5.  Olympus Has Fallen $10,042,000 $71.1
6.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation $10,000,000 $38.3
7.  Oz the Great & Powerful $8,171,000 $212.7
8.  The Host $5,239,000 $19.6
9.  The Call $3,500,000 $45.5
10.  Admission $2,054,000 $15.3

Weekend Box Office: ZERO DARK THIRTY Leads with $24 Million; A HAUNTED HOUSE Edges Out GANGSTER SQUAD for Second Place

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In its first weekend in wide release, Zero Dark Thirty easily captured first place with an estimated $24 million from 2,937 locations. With months of press coverage, great reviews and a Best Picture nomination behind it, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the CIA thriller won the frame. A bit more surprising is the position claimed by A Haunted House. The low-budget genre spoof overcame the higher-profile (and higher-budgeted) Gangster Squad for second place at this weekend’s box office.

Title Weekend Total
1. Zero Dark Thirty $24,000,000 $29.4
2. A Haunted House $18,817,000 $18.8
3. Gangster Squad $16,710,000 $16.7
4. Django Unchained $11,065,000 $125.3
5. Les Miserables $10,127,000 $119.2
6. The Hobbit $9,080,000 $278.8
7. Lincoln $6,314,000 $152.5
8. Parental Guidance $6,100,000 $60.6
9. Texas Chainsaw 3D $5,150,000 $30.7
10. Silver Linings Playbook $5,000,000 $41.3

Millennium Films Moves Forward with TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Sequel

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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.

Weekend Box Office: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Slays Holdovers on New Year’s First Frame

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Texas Chainsaw 3D, the R-rated franchise title from Lionsgate, managed to wrest the top spot away from The Hobbit and Django Unchained on 2013’s inaugural weekend. The horror film’s estimate of $23 million from 2,654 locations was a bit higher than expected, though probably not high enough to ensure box office longevity. Leatherface aside, the New Year looked suspiciously like Christmas as holiday-holdovers stretched their legs.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Texas Chainsaw 3D $23,000,000 $23
2.  Django Unchained $20,082,000 $106.3
3.  The Hobbit $17,525,000 $263.8
4.  Les Miserables $16,117,000 $103.6
5.  Parental Guidance $10,125,000 $52.7
6.  Jack Reacher $9,300,000 $64.8
7.  This is 40 $8,600,000 $54.5
8.  Lincoln $5,258,000 $143.9
9.  The Guilt Trip $4,530,000 $31.2
10.  Promised Land $4,311,500 $4.6

Friday Box Office: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Conquers THE HOBBIT and DJANGO on 2013′s First Friday

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2012’s box office ended with a record-breaking total of $10.83 billion; but as of Wednesday we wiped that slate clean for another year. In a repeat of 2012, the first weekend of the New Year features just one nationwide release and – also like 2012 – that release belongs to the horror genre. Texas Chainsaw 3D, the sixth feature in the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise, opened in 2,654 locations at 10 pm on Thursday. With a first-day estimate of $10.2 million, Texas Chainsaw 3D should top $20 million by Sunday. That’s far short of the $33.7 million The Devil Inside earned at this time last year; though anything over $15 million would beat industry expectations. A debut north of $20 million would also be enough to give Texas Chainsaw 3D the win over December’s holdovers. After three weekends at number one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to fall to third place, with Django Unchained in second. Projections are very close among this weekend’s top four titles, however, so check back tomorrow to see how 2013’s first box office winds up.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Texas Chainsaw 3D $10,200,000 $10.2
2.  Django Unchained $6,160,000 $92.4
3.  The Hobbit $5,225,000 $251.5
4.  Les Miserables $4,900,000 $92.4
5.  Parental Guidance $3,100,000 $45.7

Alexandra Daddario Talks TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, What Attracted Her to the Project, Preparing for the Role, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, and More

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Opening January 4th is director John Luessenhop’s (Takers) Texas Chainsaw 3DThe film acts as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original, ignoring the many reboots, prequels and remakes, and picks up where the 1974 film left off.  After Sally escapes to safety the enraged townspeople of Newt, Texas descend on the Sawyers, burning their house to the ground with the family still inside.  Decades later, Heather (Alexandra Daddario) inherits a Texas Estate from a grandmother she never knew she had, and when she brings along a group of friends to scope out her new home they unwittingly unleash Leatherface on the small town once more.  The film also stars Tania Raymonde, Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Bill Moseley, Dan Yeager, Gunnar Hansen and Paul Rae.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I sat down with Daddario.  We talked about what attracted her to the project, how she developed her version of the ‘survivor girl’, and the emotional toll of working on a horror film.  She also discussed Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, working on green screen, keeping the second movie more true to the books, returning to the franchise and more. Hit the jump for the full interview.

Alexandra Daddario and Tremaine Neverson Talk TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

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Opening January 4th is director John Luessenhop’s (Takers) Texas Chainsaw 3D. The film acts as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original, ignoring the many reboots, prequels and remakes, and picks up where the 1974 film left off. After Sally escapes to safety the enraged townspeople of Newt, Texas descend on the Sawyers, burning their house to the ground with the family still inside. Decades later, Heather (Alexandra Daddario) inherits a Texas Estate from a grandmother she never knew she had, and when she brings along a group of friends to scope out her new home they unwittingly unleash Leatherface on the small town once more. The film also stars Tania Raymonde, Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Bill Moseley, Dan Yeager, Gunnar Hansen and Paul Rae.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I sat down with Daddario and Neverson. We talked about their experience filming with 3D cameras, if they are fans of horror genre, watching the original, if they found it frightening to shoot a horror film, and who provided the comic relief on set. Hit the jump to watch.

4 New Images from TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

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As we head into the beginning of January, we prepare for a rather drastic shift in new releases from awards contenders to genre fare.  The critically reviled The Devil Inside kicked off 2012, and first out of the gate in 2013 is another horror film, Texas Chainsaw 3D.  A few new images from the film have landed online, giving us a couple of new looks at ol’ Leatherface.  The pic is a direct sequel to the 1974 original and picks up where that film left off: a young woman has escaped the horrors of the Sawyer family and alerted authorities.  The townspeople descend on the Sawyer household and burn it to the ground, seemingly putting an end to the family’s reign of terror.  The story then jumps forward to present day where a young woman has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she didn’t know she had, and naturally things take a dark turn when she goes snooping around.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new images.  The film stars Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott EastwoodBill MoseleyDan YeagerGunnar Hansen, and Paul Rae.  Texas Chainsaw 3D opens on January 4, 2013.

Lionsgate’s 2013 Movie Releases Include TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, THE LAST STAND, Three Tyler Perry Films and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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We previously brought you release dates from Disney’s slate of 2013 films and today we have Lionsgate’s line-up. The next year will include a new installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise with Texas Chainsaw 3D, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to action in a leading role with The Last Stand, three films involving Tyler Perry and, of course, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. One guess as to which film will be the biggest win for Lionsgate next year. Hit the jump to see the whole schedule with release dates, posters and synopses. 

Atlanta Readers: Win a Prize Pack for TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

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I’ll say this for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise: the title tells you exactly what you’re getting.  It’s exactly like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles except in Massacre, they wear people for faces.  The latest installment in the franchise is on the way with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and we have five prize packs to giveaway to our Atlanta readers.  Each prize pack will contain a mini poster and t-shirt, and one person will win a grand prize of the t-shirt, mini poster, and a Lionsgate Horror 3-pack of DVDs (Scream, Saw: The Final Chapter, and My Bloody Valentine).  Leatherface would be proud.  He’d murder you, but he’d be proud.

Hit the jump for details.  Texas Chainsaw 3D opens January 4, 2013.

New Images from TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Featuring Alexandra Daddario and Tania Raymonde

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A couple of new images from the upcoming horror sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D have been released.  The film is a direct sequel to the 1974 original and picks up where that film left off: a young woman has escaped the horrors of the Sawyer family and alerted authorities.  The townspeople descend on the Sawyer household and burn it to the ground, seemingly putting an end to the family’s reign of terror.  The story then jumps forward to present day where a young woman has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she didn’t know she had, and naturally things take a dark turn when she goes snooping around.  These images give us a couple of new looks at our hero, played by Alexandra Daddario, and her surely-doomed friend played by Tania Raymonde.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Scott Eastwood, Bill Moseley, Dan Yeager, Gunnar Hansen, and Paul RaeTexas Chainsaw 3D opens on January 4, 2013.

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