'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Prequel to Focus on a Teen 'Leatherface'

August 14, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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?

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  • Antiaaron
    I thought the last one was terrible and tried to make Leatherface a character you are supposed to sympathize with which simply does not work for the franchise. It was like, "Oh, this guy just murdered all my friends, but that's okay because he's my cousin and these other people are the real bad guys...." It really left me scractching my head. If it's the same people behind the new one then it will probably be just as bad, if not worse. I'll watch it, but I'm not expecting much in terms of good storytelling.
  • Xerxexx
    Is she chasing him?
  • OfficialJab
    I wouldn't call that idea 'intriguing'.
  • Filmmakes, writers, editors and most of all producers need to think to themselves and perhaps say aloud.....does this film need to be made? Will this be an important film for people to see who are already horror or Texas Chainsaw affecionado's? Or just film lovers in general. Unless there is a good story to tell, and it can enrich the original classic, rather than dull the franchise laterelly (can't get much worse), then this project should be tabled and/or trashed and make room for better idea or a new villain all together. That's why I kinda respect Kevin Smith for coming up with "Tusk". The movie might stink, but at least he's brought an original monster to the silver screen and made it himself.
      Agreed. If artistic integrity was something Hollywood still had. $$$
  • Hallospaceboy
    What a great way to grab the YA market! Teen Leatherface!
  • Brian Sleider
    SO it will be bad, BUT HOW BAD?!?!?!
  • shane willett
    so this is the early 60's - late 50's ??? He was in his 30's in the 70's and the newest version he is like 60 yrs old.. in Chainsaw new Generation ... wtf ? worst of all he'll be a cute guy and thats just not right, maybe do a Man in the Iron Mask scene, where he's kind of normal and attractive but then gets bullied by the Jocks and his faced gets mangles so he takes his first face from the Head Quarterback and then professes his love to the head cheerleader, she screams when she see's her boyfriends face as a mask for leather face tween, and then he kills her roll credits.... stupid....
  • son_et_lumiere
    once you've gone beyond parody, what's left? this, apparently. simply: kill it, kill it with fire.
    This sounds pretty bad. Let me guess, Leatherface had a tough childhood? Yep. Done.
  • mooreworthy
    Some might care, but I say let it rest.
  • Cal J.
    Only the original is great. Six other attempts have been abysmal failures. We need an intervention.
  • SkyNet300
    Well shit I liked the first prequel they made but this idea? Yikes
  • SkyNet300
    Texas Chainsaw 3D was awful btw.




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