New Writers for Twisted's Revamp of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
Didn't know there was another Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the works? There is! Over a year ago, Saw production company Twisted Pictures took over the rights to the classic horror franchise started in 1974 by director Tobe Hooper, and has a "contemporary" version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in development. Well, Bloody-Disgusting and ShockTillYouDrop are both reporting that Twisted has just hired a new set of writers, Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan (both of Conspiracy), to take a stab at the script. Originally, they had The Grudge writer Stephen Susco on this, but now they've got new blood in to rework the script.
I guess good news, if there is any, is that Adam Marcus previously directed Jason Goes to Hell way back in 1993, so he has plenty of experience in the genre. Besides that, these writers' names don't mean much, but there's not too much we know about the project anyway. Apparently they're sticking with the "35 years later" approach to Leatherface 3D. "We're told that the plot picks up immediately where Tobe Hooper's original left off before flashing forward 35 years. There's buzz of a 'cult' involved," they say. So it's a new sequel, in a sense, hopefully distancing itself from Platinum Dunes' two movies a few years ago. "Why is he going back? I don't want to set it in a dusty town. How do we make it more urban but keep that feel," a producer inquires.
Given it's currently Halloween weekend, this is the perfect time to discuss the idea, but I'll leave it up to you guys, as I'm not that familiar with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Is there any hope for this sequel in the hands of a new production company or is it doomed to never live up to the original film? Thoughts?