Buzz About Another 'Texas Chainsaw' May Have Been a Bit Premature
by Ben Pearson
January 9, 2013
Just this morning, we reported that after barely beating Django Unchained at the box office, Texas Chainsaw 3D had a sequel in the works. And while that might technically still be true, the filmmakers weren't happy about the announcement of another movie in the continuing saga of Leatherface because they haven't even come up with a story for it yet. Deadline reports that producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producer Mark Burg balked at the quick announcement by Millennium Films since it isn't the studio's decision whether another movie happens or not. It sounds like a sequel will move ahead, but not so hastily.
Mazzocone and Burg own the rights to the property, so the decision ultimately lies with them whether or not the franchise will move forward. Here's what Burg told Deadline today:
“The rights are controlled by Carl and Main Line Pictures, no matter what Millennium says. Millennium simply sold the foreign rights and they will not tell us when a sequel is ready to be made. The script was developed by Carl, myself and writer/director John Luessenhop. Millennium and about ten producers came aboard only when we needed their check. Maybe they’re looking for something to sell at Berlin, but they have no right to announce this sequel and if we make another it has to be as good or better than this one and that takes time.”
In Jeremy's review of Texas Chainsaw 3D, he said that the movie had an interesting concept but blew the execution. (Read his set visit here as well.) By positioning itself in the timeline taking place immediately after the original movie, the filmmakers chose to ignore the later sequels and essentially create their own timeline, but even though the movie made a killing (ha, ha) at the box office, the overall reaction to it - even among horror fans - has not been great. It seems like the filmmakers are fighting an uphill battle with this one, but at least they're trying to make a potential sequel better than what came before.
It sucks that we've come to a point in the Hollywood system in which we're praising people for actively trying not to make crappy movies, but the whole "movie by committee" mindset has been so prevalent over the past few years, that's the kind of culture it's created. As for this little kerfuffle, these issues will surely be put aside quickly so all the parties involved can make some more money since there is clearly money to be made with another sequel. Who knows - maybe if they can get things straightened out fast enough, this could be the kickstart another Paranormal Activity-style franchise that pumps out a new movie every year, or at least until the chainsaw runs out of gas.