Legendary Pictures is actively developing a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and has partnered with Fede Álvarez and Rodolfo Sayague’s Bad Hombre Films banner, to produce the reboot. Fede Álvarez, is, of course, the director of the splendid Evil Dead (2013) remake and the freakishly enjoyable Don’t Breathe (2016),
Chris Thomas Devlin is writing the screenplay for the TCM reboot; he previously penned the 2018 Black List and Blood List script for Cobweb, a film currently in development at Lionsgate and Vertigo, about a girl living inside the walls of a family’s house.
Bad Hombre Films is also reportedly developing a horror project described as “The Shining set in the White House”, a Washington, D.C.-based horror film written by Joe Epstein, which Alvarez will direct.
In addition, Deadline reports that Shintaro Shimosawa, who served as a co-producer on 2004’s The Grudge and The Grudge 2, has been hired as Bad Hombre’s Head of Production.
Previously, we reported that prior to the release of lacklustre prequel Leatherface (2017), the rights to the franchise apparently returned to Kim Henkel, the writer and producer on the seminal 1974 gritty classic. It must be remembered that this is the same man that gave us Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), a conspiracy-filled, cross-dresser mess that almost no-one has a good word for. That said, Henkel (and the late Tobe Hooper) were executive producers on the reasonably effective Platinum Dunes Marcus Nispel directed 2003 remake, so maybe Henkel’s name on the new project is just a contractual obligation?
Bloody Disgusting has reported that the new movie is planned as a direct continuation of the original 1974 release, in a similar vein to David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween movie. That cynically sly yet enjoyable sequel (which head-shakingly ignored Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode character continuation in the superior Halloween H2O), took a phenomenal $255,485,178 worldwide (even before home viewing income), so it’s easy to see why Legendary has its eyes on a re-visit to Texas Chainsaw territory.
And, who knows, with the right ingredients a new Texas Chainsaw stew might work? It surely can’t be any worse than Texas Chainsaw 3D, right? There is also talk of a television series but we’re hoping that such an ill-conceived idea won’t get beyond board room banter. Meanwhile, watch Dead Meat’s Kill Count video to remind us all of how any planned sequel or reboot has so much to live up. Or die for. And let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.