Fans of Inside and Livide should expect the gory best from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers behind Leatherface, the upcoming prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen), kidnaps a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman (Stephen Dorff) out for revenge.
Allocine has the first ever interview with Maury and Bustillo, who explain that the connection to Hooper’s classic slasher.
“In Leatherface, we’re actually more connected to the Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” they explain. “The main difference with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is that we go back further in the character’s origins, telling a part of its teenage years.”
What’s most interesting is that they describe Leatherface as a road-trip horror film, which is insanely badass.
“Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road-movie, with a quite new narrative structure in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe…”
Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman (interview), alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.