Ever since the announcement that a brand new Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel film was in the works, fans of the franchise have been expressing a mix of optimism and extreme caution. After all, the last time a prequel to TCM was made – 2006’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – the overall reaction wasn’t exactly positive. Still, the idea of focusing on a teenage Leatherface was certainly a new one, and could possibly turn out well if put in the hands of the right director.
Well, it looks like the right director has arrived. In fact, make that two of them. According to Bloody Disgusting, French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have signed on to helm the latest installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Maury and Bustillo are best known to horror fans for their shockingly violent 2007 home invasion flick Inside, which centered on a trapped woman’s quest to escape a deranged killer who sought to rip her unborn child out of her womb. They followed that up with the 2011 supernatural horror film Livid. Their latest directorial effort, Among the Living, is still waiting on a stateside release.
For those unaware, Leatherface follows a group of violent teen mental patients who kidnap a nurse and head off on a mayhem-filled road trip. The psychos are pursued by an equally unhinged Texas lawman, one who will resort to any means necessary to capture his prey. One of the disturbed teenagers is destined to become the mask-making, chainsaw-swinging cannibal known as Leatherface. The question is, which of the four will be pushed that far over the edge, and what will cause them to mentally snap?
It’s hard to think of a pair better suited to resurrecting Leatherface than Maury and Bustillo, two men who will not at all shy away from the mind-breaking intensity and stomach-churning violence needed to reinvigorate one of the most celebrated horror villains of all time. While the remake has its fans, TCM: The Beginning and 2013’s disastrous Texas Chainsaw 3D did a lot to damage Leatherface’s reputation. Thankfully, Maury and Bustillo are just the guys to right this sinking ship. Of course, even if things somehow don’t work out, it’ll be hard to get any worse than Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Just ask Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger.