Script for Leatherface 3D Currently Being Rewritten

If there has ever been a franchise that failed to live up to its potential then it is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Although the 1974 original is considered a seminal classic, worthy of being placed alongside Psycho and Night of the Living Dead as important works of art, the subsequent series has been inconsistent at best. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, released over a decade later, replaced the sadistic tension of the original with over-the-top gore (courtesy of Tom Savini) and a camp tone, a decision that strongly divided fans.

But neither Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III or The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre managed to keep the cycle moving and the franchise eventually withered and died. Following Platinum Dunes’ sleazy and ultra-violent remake in 2003, producers attempted to restart the series with a disappointing prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which once again brought everything to a standstill.

Two days ago it was revealed that John Luessenhop (Takers) was set to direct a new sequel to the remake, this time without the assistance of Platinum Dunes. Now Bloody Disgusting have reported that a script has been submitted to the producers and it is now being reworked by another writer; “Debra Sullivan, Adam Marcus and Stephen Susco have turned in drafts the third Chainsaw flick that supposedly picks up immediately where Tobe Hooper’s original left off before flashing forward 35 years. An update to the story is that Kirsten Elms (writer of Gold Circle and director F. Gary Gray’s Hair of the Dog) was hired to re-tool the script under the guidance Luessenhop.”

What are your thoughts on this? Is this a franchise worth saving or has this concept gone as far as it can go?

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6 Responses to “ Script for Leatherface 3D Currently Being Rewritten ”

  1. Sounds awesome! Not a huge an of the 3D part tho, i guess all movies are doing that nowdays. Cant wait to see the movie. I hope they get the same guy to play leather face that they did in the last movie i thought he was a good fit for the role. Perhaps this series has run it course, but being the fanboy i am, just like most that visit this site, if this movie is the greatest in the series or just a pile of crap, ill be paying to see it :)

  2. It sounds interesting. And I am partial to 3D if it’s proper gimicky 3D and not all horrible and atmospheric.
    It would nice if they gave it Tobe Hooper, because TBM was good. And I love Chainsaw 2.

  3. I’m in. The worst that can happen is it’s terrible… but I still saw both Platinum Dunes movies after sitting through the debalce which was TCM:THE NEXT GENERATION, so even a complete misfire won’t kill my love of this franchise.

  4. If Platinum Dunes isn’t involved there is a better chance that this can be good. As for 3D, the technology is so good these days I don’t really see it as a cheap gimmick anymore.

  5. The original film has affected my life greatly. The thought of an ALTERNATE Part 2 (although they are calling it Part 3) that continues RIGHT AFTER the end of Part 1 almost sends me into a coma. This better happen. Although re-writes usually result in a more mainstream (and deluded) story.

  6. So leatherface will be in his mid to late 60’s ? Curious to see how his will work

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