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.
Per The Wrap, Seth M. Sherwood will be writing the film which will apparently have a director in the coming weeks. Sherwood has several horror projects in development and was on the 2012 Blood List (a compendium of some of Hollywood’s most well-liked unproduced horror screenplays). This means that BD was right when they broke the news a few weeks ago that the film would focus on Leatherface’s teenage years.
This franchise has had more bad installments than good at this point, but I’m optimistic. Hopefully a low-budget return to the spiritual territory of the first film is what the doctor ordered. Here’s hoping Sherwood turns in a killer script, the right director comes along, and we get our first good Texas Chainsaw film in over ten years (though Millenium might want to change the title once the material comes into better focus, it’s identical to the title of the third installment in the original series).