Hollywood’s fascination with “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” seems endless with yet another film being announced to hit the big screen. A prequel to the original 1974 horror classic directed by Tobe Hooper is in the works. It will be the eighth movie in the popular slasher film franchise, serving as the first official big budget origin flick for the infamous killer in the mark. The new film will be aptly titled, “Leatherface“.
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No plot details have been revealed, but sources over at The Wrap reveal that “the new film is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s.” Master of horror movie screenplays Seth M. Sherwood is hired as screenwriter. 2013’s “Texas Chainsaw 3D” producer Carl Mazzocone is expected to return for “Leatherface” along with executive producers Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman.
1974’s “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” failed to make it to the silver screen in several countries, and numerous theaters later stopped showing the film in response to complaints about its violence. Generating huge buzz and becoming one of the most iconic horror films in cinema history, Hooper set the tone for many slasher films to follow in the genre.