'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Prequel to Focus on a Teen 'Leatherface'
Shortly after the latest installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre arrived in theaters in 2013, there were already rumblings about a sequel percolating from Millennium Films. However, the news might have been a bit premature since the holders of the rights to Leatherface and his creepy Sawyer family hadn't yet figured out how to proceed with the franchise. But now it appears plans are coming together for a follow-up, but rather than being a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D, the film is called Leatherface and will take place before the original 1974 classic horror film, following the teenage years of the chainsaw-wielding killer in the 70s.
The Wrap reports an up-and-coming writer named Seth M. Sherwood will write the origin story of Leatherface with Texas Chainsaw 3D producer Carl Mazzocone back in the same capacity. Sherwood has seen some development activity around Hollywood, including a supernatural thriller set up at Blumhouse Productions that will be directed by Gregory Plotkin, who will direct Paranormal Activity 5 and has edited all of the franchises sequels. For some reason, there's rumblings that Alexandra Daddario from Texas Chainsaw 3D, who was revealed to be a long-lost cousin of the Sawyer family, might have some kind of cameo in the prequel as another character, but that seems confusing.
Again, this concept of origin stories, especially with horror icons like this, just seems to cheapen the character and the franchise, taking away the horror and the mystery. The only interesting fact here comes from the realization that I've never really thought about how old Leatherface is, so having him as a teenager sound somewhat intriiguing. But then again, just look at how the new origin story of Halloween by Rob Zombie just turned Michael Myers into your average serial killer with a dark past. Maybe there's a cool story to be told here, and a good director can make it work. Thoughts?