The undying Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise continues next year with Leatherface, set to be a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original film. That also makes it a prequel to 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, which served as a sequel to the 1974 classic – confusing, we’re well aware.
It was Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman who produced Texas Chainsaw 3D, and the team who comprise Campbell Groman Films are also producing the upcoming Leatherface. In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, the ladies revealed that they’re just getting started.
In the interview, Campbell noted that they have the rights to five Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, with Chainsaw 3D and Leatherface being the first two exports of that particular deal. If our math is correct, that means three more installments are on the table, potentially headed our way real soon.
“It always depends on the success of the last one whether or not you move forward,” Campbell explained, indicating that the box office success of Leatherface will dictate how much longer the Chainsaw franchise continues. Such is the way things work in Hollywood.
Directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Leatherface centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
The film begins shooting on May 18th, and the cast includes Stephen Dorff, Angela Bettis, Sam Strike, and James Bloor. Bettis will play Verna Saywer, the matriarch of the evil family, while Dorff has been cast as a badass Texas Ranger who has a bone to pick with Leatherface.