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.
When I heard that the Alamo Drafthouse would be honoring the state of Texas with this year’s Rolling Roadshow screenings, I was delighted: this meant that all of this summer’s Rolling Roadshow events would be happening right in my own backyard. And when I learned that one of the first shows on the Rolling Roadshow schedule was a screening of the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre– screening right next door to the house where Tobe Hooper filmed his masterpiece nearly four decades ago– I just about wet my pants in excitement. Turns out, I was right to be excited: as usual, the Drafthouse throws a helluva party. Read on for our report from the frontlines of this weekend’s awesome Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening, after the jump.
Tobe Hooper (1974′s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is set to direct the Arabian horror film Djinn. David Tully penned the script which “young Emirati couple who return home from the U.S. and discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise built on the site of an abandoned fishing village is also home to malevolent beings known as Djinn.” This is why you should never feel silly to ask a realtor about the “Djinn situation.”
Imagenation Abu Dhabi will produce and that shooting is scheduled to begin in the United Arab Emirates this March. Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja will work with Hooper as a “cultural consultant” and train with him as she prepares to direct her own feature length horror film. Hooper’s last feature film was 2005′s Mortuary. [Update: You can now check out the full press release after the jump.]
They’re here…It seems there’s some forward momentum on MGM’s remake of Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper’s 1982 haunting classic, “Poltergeist”. “House of Sand and Fog” director Vadim Perelman is slated to direct a script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, which tells the tale of a suburban family beset by ghouls, ghosts, and little-girl-eating-televisions after finding out their home was built over sacred burial lands. The clown scene alone makes me wonder if it’s possible to top the original. Read on for musings on death, the afterlife, and scary-as-hell living dolls after the jump.