Twisted Pictures Takes Control of Texas Chainsaw Massacre
by Ethan Anderton
October 9, 2009
Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the Saw franchise, is grabbing another series with a penchant for sharp, stabbing kills as Variety reports that they are taking control of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Twisted is apparently trying to partner with Lionsgate in this new venture in an effort to "contemporize" (which isn't even a word) the storyline for a (surprise!) 3-D film to be scripted by The Grudge writer Stephen Susco. And if you didn't think that one more horror remake was enough, buckle your seatbelts kids because this deal is looking to get pregnant with a few films in a new series! Oh, joy!
Platinum Dunes remade the original 1974 horror film back in 2003, and added on a prequel in 2006. Though they've had plenty of recent success with the recent Friday the 13th remake (which was surprisingly fun), and look to have a winner on their hands with their remake of Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, apparently talks fell through on a new director for Chainsaw. Maybe Twisted Pictures has some tricks up their sleeve, but I'm sure they sold their soul to the devil to keep the Saw series going this long, so it's doubtful. Next we'll hear about Leatherface vs Jigsaw and then there will be no turning back.
If there's one thing I hate about horror films (believe me there's much more than one thing) it's that they don't know when to quit. I don't really ever feel the need for a sequel to a horror movie, and I've rarely been caught off guard by a quality sequel in the horror genre. I'm just hoping that there's more horror as fresh as Paranormal Activity on its way. Horror needs a hero right now. He's gotta be strong, and he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta… not suck. Thoughts?