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Twisted Pictures Takes Control of Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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October 9, 2009

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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?

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  • Jimbone
    More of this, and other interesting stories at http://www.things-you-saw-coming.com
  • lumière
    and we all die a little more inside. i agree, Ethan - there's a good many horror franchises that have aimed towards numeral 10 in sequels. by that time, it's no longer a franchise, its a devalued and bad tasting brand - enjoyed by a dwindling band of pasty faced, screen glare ghouls thumbing through their dog-eared 'limited edition' collector's sets, limited because so few people would ever even consider buying it. it's classic to say that the original is always best, but i remember being so surprised at how unpleasant and effectively chilling the original, how unsettling, despite being so bereft of gore and so economical with the score. more than just a good horror movie, it's a brilliant film. but no. far better to make a rehashed McHorror sludgesicle - now with free* 3D glasses! * glasses and 3D presentation cost = $3
  • subcelsious5g
    boooooooooooring. why don't this visionaries come up with their own horror icon or franchise. the only good texas chainsaws were the older ones. i'll flip through this on cable watch it for 5 minutes then change the channel.
  • Otacon
    Ethan, the SAW franchise is not known for stabbing kills. Not at all. I get the joke you're trying to make but it's inaccurate. Maybe the line should have been, "Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the Saw franchise, is grabbing a series with a penchant for sharp, stabbing kills." And even then, you can't stab with a chainsaw.
  • Tra la la la la di da
    It's Ethan, I gave up relying on him for proper reporting. Still unsure why Alex chose him, he's had nothing but complaints on the few reports I've read by him. Whatev... This news though is as #1 put it, things-we-saw-coming. It's sad, boring, and not needed. Twisted could come up with something cool, maybe. I actually enjoyed the new ones. I'm not sure why, but there was something to them. I'm not sure why we need a remake of a remake but whatev! Let's have at it. 3D is pointless but oh well, there is always 2D. I have more hope for this than Freddy and Jason. I feel like if I saw Nightmare, I'd cheer for Freddy and Jason...meh, those just always sucked. Funny, but sucked. Halloween was awesome 'cause of Jaime Lee Curtis but I only cared for the original.
  • Tra la la la la di da, Keep the comments coming! They're wholly progressive and completely constructive! I really like the way you criticize things but then offer no other suggestions or solutions. Maybe you've only seen complaints because you're reading about things that you like which I happen to think suck. And I think that observation is pretty self-explanatory in our predilection of quality entertainment. I'd love to see some "proper reporting" maybe in a film news and review blog that you start yourself, so we can all be privy to your wisdom and groundbreaking journalism skills. Once again, I wish you great success in all your endeavors and hope that you might one day come to terms with the dissatisfaction of your place in life. Keep the comments coming! They're wholly progressive and completely constructive! Good day, sir.
  • Tra la la la la di da
    Wow, someone took a sarcasm class. It's ok though, I'm in actual journalism and I've scanned through all your articles. See, there's this magic link when I click your name that brings up all your articles. Quality!? See, here's your lack of journalism. I've said my tastes very, I love the FD serious for crying out loud!!!! Simple for the creative thinking of how they kill people, but yeah. I've said that several times on here and other things that kind of "kill" out my opinion. But hey, I hope I do to.Writing freelance for a newspaper and covering weddings and events for people as a photographer, which has been a hobby for years and now my profession is ever so unsatisfying. Seriously, I hate it. I get paid hundreds of dollars to do what I love. Also, you're the one that's hired. If you want me to teach you English and proper writing techniques I can, 'cause I do that to. You know where to find me!
  • Tra la la la la di da, When criticizing and offering to teach "English and proper writing" I would recommend proofreading your own comments. I'm not sure anyone would be interested in someone who doesn't know the difference between "very" and "vary" or "to" and "too." Your scholarly aptitude certainly shows in these elementary mistakes. Also when you say that my writing has had "nothing but complaints on the few reports I've read by [Ethan]" I hope you understand that the statement implies and bluntly states you've only read a few of my reports. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Especially when you say "See here's your lack of journalism," and then you don't follow with any actual criticism of journalistic reporting or lecture on the skills I'm lacking. And when it comes to the opinions you give, they're vague, thoughtless observations such as "I like _____, but I hate _____". Of course I'm sure you think I should be blown away by such thought provoking criticism, but once again you don't offer any reasons or alternate approaches to any projects you think suck let alone on how to improve my writing. And yes, I am the one who's hired, so until someone accepts you for the surely brilliant and grammatically accurate journalist you are, you'll just have to sit and keep telling me how much I suck. Because if there's one thing I love, it's blind, thoughtless, nerd-rage from an unqualified wedding photographer. Looking forward to hearing your cheery and surely helpful remarks in the future! Cheers!
  • Xerxex
    aww, 3D, I SAY DOWN WITH THE GIMMICK!
  • subcelsious5g
    booooooring , want chainsaw action go to ace hardware.
  • SlashBeast
    These neverending horror franchises need to, well... END! It's our fault really, as long as we keep going to see them, they'll keep getting made.
  • Underworld
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is awesome, they are soooo much better than the original. The acting in the original was so bad and leatherface was not one bit scary. As for saw, why does everyone complain about sequels, I'm so sick of it, if you don't like them don't watch them...god. Other people (like myself) see nothing wrong with them and like to see sequels of certain movies. Bring on Texas Chainsaw 3, 4, 5. Not in 3D though, I hate 3D.

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