Well, it had to happen didn’t it. With the recent success of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, New Line have decided to keep the franchise alive by pushing a prequel into production and it is currently lined up for a Stateside release for Halloween next year.
Producer Andrew Form recently spoke to ‘Playing Magazine’, and he confirmed everything was going ahead for a Halloween release and that the film would indeed be a prequel to the adventures of Thomas Brown Hewitt (aka Leatherface) and gang.
“We certainly put ourselves in a box when we cut off Leatherface’s arm at the end of that movie”, says Form. “We knew we couldn't do a sequel, We cut his arm off. We killed Lee Emery, who is one of the favourite characters in the movie. We wanted to bring some people back and we also thought that a lot of people who saw the movie always wondered why [Leatherface] used a chainsaw, and no one really explained it. He just does it. And we kind of tried to explain a little bit in our version why he wears a mask, but we're going to, I think, really show you how the mask originated and stuff like that [in the next film]."
It doesn’t look likely that Jessica Biel will return, now that she’s moving up in the genre world with a possible Blade franchise hanging over her head, but R Lee Emery has confirmed that he has signed on to the project. It is expected to start shooting in March 2005, and to be released 7 months later.
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