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

     August 13, 2014


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.

texas-chainsaw-massacre-1974Per The WrapSeth 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).

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  • Hollywood is lazy as sh*t

    Just let this “franchise” die already. Come up with something new Hollywood! It ain’t that difficult

    • Oliver Queen

      If you don’t like it then no one’s forcing you to see it but stop saying “let this franchise die already” when there are fans waiting for another installment. You wouldn’t like someone bashing about how one of you’re favourite film franchises won’t die.

  • Jack Dennis

    Damn I kinda wanted to see where they would go with a sequel to texas chainsaw 3D. Really not interested in a prequel, but maybe it will be decent.

    • Jan

      Yes, they can’t bring back the best thing(s) about Chainsaw 3D: Alexandra Daddario.

  • Dan_K

    Hang on, hang on. So it’s a sequel to the original and a prequel to 3D?

    In the immortal words of Brennan Huff, WTF happened?! And more to the point, why? Why in the name of who gives a shit is this happening?

    • Evan Dickson

      No clarification has come in that it’s a prequel to the original.

      • Dan_K

        Honestly, does it even matter what they call it? It seems to me that the continuity is absurd in this “franchise.”

        A sprequel! That will be a thing next.

  • Jotun

    Stack this onto the already tall pile of shit that Hollywood has in the pipeline.

  • LEM

    It could also be an S&M themed sequel to Leatherheads.

  • Didn’t they already do this?

    Wait . . . . they did this already, didn’t they?

    I remember fast forwarding through a movie that began with something along the lines of some weird hillbilly pregnant woman working at a factory, falling backwards and giving birth to leatherface . . . did i dream that? And if so, what the hell is wrong with me?

    • Marvin

      No, you didn’t dream that. That happened in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. That movie was all kinds of messed up, and not in a good way, and that was the most messed up scene. So the question is, what the hell is wrong with the person who came up with that.

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  • appolox

    Here we go again……

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    They already did this w Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. That film was directed by the same dude who just directed the latest TMNT films. Why are they doing this again? That film was terrible and only redeeming quality was R. Lee Emory’s acting (guy can do no wrong IMO).

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