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Here’s Who Will Direct ‘Leatherface’! (Exclusive)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel is about to shed some serious gore.

A few weeks back we exclusively reported that Millennium Films had been talking with two sets of directors to get behind the camera for Leatherface, the prequel that would go back before Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and tell of Leatherface’s teenage years.

We can exclusively confirm this Halloween day that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.

As I revealed in the aforementioned piece, the duo were also courted for New Line Cinema’s A Nightmare On Elm Street remake back in 2009. Now, it looks as if the French filmmakers will bring their splatter-soaked cinema talents to the States for another slasher franchise, the new Chainsaw prequel.

The biggest issue with Texas Chainsaw 3D was that it had an identity crisis – it didn’t know if it wanted to be fun or violent. I expect an onscreen slaughter with Leatherface. I expect a return to the grit and grime of the original. I expect it all from Maury Bustillo…

For those who have not seen Inside, go check it out and see why you should be beyond excited.

Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay.

Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.





  • rogerston

    Seems to be the right hands. Inside was disturbing, intense and very well done horror.

  • pablitonizer

    Texhas chainsaw 3D’s main problem was the lack of sense of time! it took place after the first one in 1974 and the girl was 20 years old? Seriously?

    Let’s see what the future hold for this one!

    • huntermc

      Yeah, they should have gone for mid-90’s retro (queue the grunge alt-rock soundtrack!) if they wanted her to be in her 20’s. I also thought it was kinda stupid that the town sheriff knows there’s a homicidal mentally deranged cannibal with a chainsaw on the loose, and just lets him go back to hide in his basement.

      • pablitonizer

        I know, right? So many black holes in that movie! And actually was not good enough, I found it funny at times.

    • J Jett

      pablitonizer, (bare with my bad memory on TCM3D) also wasn’t there time discrepancy with people having Iphones or something? i can’t remember.

      and let us all not forget THE worst line of dialogue ever written (i felt so bad for Alexandra Daddario for having to utter it) …”DO YOUR THING CUZ”…….LOL.

      • pablitonizer

        I know! hahah like who wrote that script…? I feel they just wanted to do something related to a massacre taking place in Texas and in 3D (if we can call that 3D) so they came up with this result!

  • pacman68

    I love the directors. Story sounds horrible. Just place it in the 90’s and let it rip.

  • Full Frontal Squashing

    At least they got some decent directors. If the script is done right, this could be really good.

  • Full Frontal Squashing

    Inside and Livid both really good films.

  • Screamz

    Texas Chainsaw 3D had a lot of problems. Continuity issues, time issues, etc. But for some reason I absolutely loved that movie. However, I’m not looking forward to this. Even with decent directors, I couldn’t care less about teenage Leatherface. Don’t need to see him getting bullied in school because he looks different. Who am I kidding, though? I’ll still see it at some point…

    • Trisha Tachanawa

      Something tells me they just wanted him to be young again. Him being a teenager probably won’t even come up.

  • Alex

    Sharing some creepy sh*t I found for Halloween:

  • J Jett

    WOW!! i just became interested in this project thanx to Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. what concerns me though is that since this is a (if i’m not mistaken) big/big-ish studio film, the directors i fear won’t be free to make the movie how THEY want to make it. i hope i’m wrong. i love them as directors and again, i’m now officially interested in this movie! fingers crossed it turns out great!

  • Blood-Sicles

    They’ve left so many US productions (Hellraiser, Halloween 2) that if this actually does happen, it’ll probably be fucking awesome. So far I think they’ve gotten better with every film, although I have yet to see Among the Living. Fingers crossed the producers back off and let them make something awesome.

  • Ltg1998

    I am now officially excited for this! ‘Inside’ was one of the best horror movies I’ve seen.

  • Khy

    Can I just say, FUCK YES! Brilliant directors and now my hope for this movie has gone up at least a little! I wouldn’t be surprised if this “Prequel” is just another reboot in disguise. Either way I have a lot of faith in these guys. I just hope the studio lets them make the movie they want to make and stay the hell out of it. This could possibly be decent…Never would have thought lol

    • I agree with every word of this.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      They turned down H2 and Elm Street because they couldn’t have full control, so something tells me they’ll let them go wild.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    This is the best news ever, I trust these guys to do whatever it takes to make a horrific film. Exactly what a Leatherface film should be.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    This news is too good to be true. Trust me guys, they will end up leaving the project or the movie will be their misfire.

    • Khy

      True. I’m definitely leaving a huge space for disappointment just in case though lol.

      • I don’t think they’ll leave this project. Being confirmed as directors for the movie makes me assume they’ve signed a contract already, whereas with those other franchises they were probably just courted for them and in the end declined. We know they’ll do a great job directing this. I just hope the script is good. That’ll be the culprit if this is indeed a misfire. I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • Maxime C

    YES !! Great for them, proud to be french for once !! haha

    Up intil today, I wa not looking forward to this film, but I think Millenium Films just won me over.

  • Adam Clifton

    And again, the point is lost. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains shocking even today because of its suspense and shock, not for its gore scenes. The sequels tried to outgore each other and gore isn’t really shocking, just repulsive. The one Leatherface movie that everyone loves is the original and that had next to no gore. Hiring these guys just guaranteed that it’ll be as nasty as the 2006 TCM: The Beginning

  • zack snyder > marvel studios

    vive nos réalisateurs français de genre !

  • Very happy about this! Inside and Livid are both awesome. But where the hell is Among The Living? I’ve been waiting on that one for awhile.

  • Okay, I don’t know if this is accurate or not but Dread Central had this plot synopsis so I thought I’d share it with you guys: In this prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.

    • Khy

      That might be accurate. I know Shock Till You Drop has been reporting the Mental Institution escape for a while now, I guess we’ll see.

  • Victor

    I’m just happy LEATHERFACE will be back on the big screen, hopefully it’s way better then the 2013 sequel cause that shit disappointed me big time. I blame Millennium for hiring a director who’s never directed a horror film like what type of sense does that make?? But this duo team seems to know a thing or 2 about horror so I can’t wait to see leatherface sawing down some teens!!!!

  • Jonathan Larsson

    I am not familiar with the duos work. However, I can say this:
    A main problem with the chainsaw films as of late is how they focus on gore and gross-out factors rather than the psychological and gritty aspects of the setting. Ironically enough, the one person who was born make the a Texas Chainsaw-movie, made a Halloween reboot instead.

    • Evan3

      Jonathan, I agree with your sentiments, but your conclusion is crazy. Rob Zombie ALWAYS puts gore and style over story.

      • Jonathan Larsson

        In every movie besides one; The Devils Rejects. House of a 1000 corpses was messy mainly because it lacked consistency and was too much like a music video at times, but the TDR basically took the same formula and gave a proper edge to it. That was the kind of edge that would belong in a modern TCM-movie.
        Halloween and Rob Zombie didn’t work mainly because they were like oil vs water. Someone like Nicolas Refn would have been more appropriate.

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        • Evan3

          To be fair, TDR is the only Zombie film I don’t think I’ve seen (I have even seen that bizarre animated one – but the witch movie was the last straw. No more Zombie).

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  • Dr. Storm Crow

    Why can’t we see someone make an original horror film, rather than dredging up the past? TCM was an irrefutable classic, but it’s time to let it die. That goes for all the classics. Learn from their example, but don’t just try to reuse the same IPs. Let something new come to be. We need more You’re Nexts, more Detentions, more High Tensions. We need more original content. Homage is swell, but we need new blood.

    • Evan3

      We need more You’re Next and Detention. Absolutely no more High Tension. Maybe Martyrs?

      • Dr. Storm Crow

        Hahaha, so much hate for High Tension. Well, if that’s not your preferred cup of nonsense tea, then yeah, Martyrs it is.

        • Evan3

          I’m sorry but the twist just decimated High Tension.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I haven’t seen their other movies, but the fact that they did Inside is more than enough to get me excited about them working on this.

  • LuJr81

    Oh God yes! I wasn’t excited for this movie at all after the horrible TCM 3D. By far the worst TCM ever made, yes even Next Generation was better, but now that the guys that directed the incredible Inside are directing I am very excited! I can’t wait to see what they do with the character of Leatherface. Please oh please let this be good, I would love to see Maury and Bustillo direct more horror movies in Hollywood we need some new horror directors that don’t go by the book in the US. I just hope they don’t get stuck with a shitty screenplay. Bring on the pain!!

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I always kinda dug The Next Generation. Leatherface in drag and Matthew Mcconaughey hamming it up like crazy.

    • Khy

      Well the good news is that if they really are allowed to do whatever the hell they want they’ll be able to elevate and spruce up the screenplay to their liking. Either way good choice Millennium Films, this could definitely make up for TC3D.

  • Such a good idea! I trust a quality entry in the series from those two. I show their films to everyone!

  • Porty Guil

    i would like to see james wan direct the movie or any of the “franchise” movies like friday, nightmare, halloween, etc.

    • Khy

      I’d want to see James Wan tackle Nightmare for sure. He’d definitely bring the terror back to that franchise. I’d also like to see him tackled Friday. I’m sure he’d make a fun yet good entry! I think he’d definitely get the formula.

      • Jasmine Martinez

        The thing about Nightmare is that no one can play Freddy Kreuger like Robert Englund did and Freddy for me is supposed to have that sarcasm thing going on. That is what made the movies so good. As much as I would like to see a new one unless it has the charm of the old ones I don’t think i would enjoy it :/

  • Paul Burt

    this is going to be brutal

  • EdibleAutopsy

    Why make another prequel? You already did! It’s called Texas Chainsaw Massacre – The Beginning, and it was awesome! Make a modern texas chainsaw movie with something…. I don’t know…. ORIGINAL about it. Fucking Hollywood, kiss my ass!

  • Adam Paquette

    How come they can keep dishing out Leatherface movies but we can’t get a sequel to Friday the 13th??

    • Tim Bailey

      It’s already in the works.release date is for November 13 2015.

    • Jasmine Martinez

      I read this and started laughing because I thought you were kidding. there’s 11 sequels to Friday the 13th 😛 and like Tim Bailey below me said another one coming up.

  • Whatever, tell me how was Livide, and any festival previews of Among the Living yet?

    • Charles Richards

      Among the Living’s already hit tons of festivals. It’s a little rocky to start, but personally I though the second half was better than anything we saw in Inside. But dam…..I really wish we could all just see Livide already…..

  • livide was ok and inside was entertaining and gory i have hope for the potential this movie has

  • Jasmine Martinez

    Among the Living was ok but I wasn’t too impressed by Inside even though everyone else seemed to love it. I hope they don’t mess it up.

  • Merlo1980

    I am certainly open to a new prequel to TCM. In fact I am the director of a prequel concept called First Annual Barbecue. Here is the trailer link,

    However, I am not into origin stories and I think that will ruin this movie. Leatherface is much scarier when you know nothing about him, and all you see is a brutal Killer who is relentless with his victims. That was what made Leatherface so scary in the original!

    • Kenneth Tanner

      This looks good, Being that your the director excalnt I can tell you what I want in the next TCM film.I want the Sawyer’s family doing their killing spree again. I don’t wanna see no other bad guys and for god sakes don’t make Leatherface no super hero like he saves the day. Look just have the usaul concept about TCM from the previous movies. If you wan’t to do a prequel how about this ? Even though I don’t care about Rob Zombie’s remake, Maybe you could do a Rob Zombie Halloween on this. LIke have Leatherface as a kid and show how he started killing, and skip up to say 21 years old and he starts killing people. I think that’s a better idea than just to go around the mallbeary bush with the movie. It makes it movie more exciting. I hope the director can get this message.

      • Merlo1980

        It’ll be interesting to see what route they go! My direction is to stay away from a boring origin story and just show Leatherface as a sick and twisted killer. That is what makes him scary!

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