It has been confirmed that the title of the 2021 sequel is simply Texas Chainsaw Massacre and that the film, which was shot last year, has been rated ‘R’ by the MPAA for “Strong bloody horror violence and gore, and language.” No surprises there. There is no news of a release date yet…
Previously, Legendary Pictures revealed a teaser poster for its Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie which they partnered with Fede Álvarez and Rodolfo Sayague’s Bad Hombre Films banner, to produce. Fede Álvarez, is, of course, the director of the splendid Evil Dead (2013) remake and the freakishly enjoyable Don’t Breathe (2016), It has been directed by David Blue Garcia (Tejano) from a screenplay written by Thomas Devlin.
The movie stars Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham (as Old Man Leatherface), Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope and Jolyon Coy.
We also 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 except a few people that want to draw attention to themselves for being contrary.
That said, Henkel (and the late Tobe Hooper) were executive producers on the pretty effective Platinum Dunes Marcus Nispel directed 2003 remake, so maybe Henkel’s name on the new project is just a contractual obligation?
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 has also been talk of a television series too but we’re hoping that such an ill-conceived idea won’t get beyond board room banter.