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[Exclusive] We Will Meet Sally and Franklin’s Father in ‘Leatherface’

Also, a little update on what’s going on with the release.

One of the cool things about Texas Chainsaw 3D, which most fans hated, is that it built upon Tobe Hooper’s original film. The entire opening sequence took place directly after the events of the terrifying 1974 classic, adding some new mythology to one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. It then jumped ahead several decades, but goddamn was that opening scene cool.

Presumably set for release sometime this year, the upcoming Leatherface will again bring some new mythology to the table, telling Leatherface’s origin story. In the prequel to Hooper’s original, Leatherface is a teenager who escapes from a mental hospital, and we can only assume we will find out why he started wearing flesh masks and how the chainsaw became his weapon of choice.

We can also exclusively report today that we will be meeting a new character named Ted Hardesty in Leatherface… the father of the original film’s Sally and Franklin!

Writer Seth M. Sherwood spilled the beans to me when I inquired about the IMDb-listed character, being played by actor Julian Kostov (pictured below). He told me:


Yes, Ted Hardesty is Sally’s dad. There was a later scene that went into it, but it was cut for budget reasons. I don’t know if we ever hear Ted’s last name in the movie as it is– but he’s there briefly. I mean, Grandpa Hardesty’s farm was in walking distance of the Sawyers, sooooo…

You may remember in the original movie that Sally and friends have traveled to Texas to visit Grandpa Hardesty’s grave and house, so as Sherwood pointed out to us, it makes total sense that Sally’s father would’ve had contact with the cannibalistic clan at some point. Leatherface is set years prior to the 1974 classic, likely one or two decades before Sally’s night of terror.

So what’s going on with the movie? Inside sources indicate to us that Lionsgate may be having cold feet after Blair Witch‘s poor box office performance late last year. For now, there seems to be no official release date set for Leatherface, which is sitting on a shelf while the folks in charge figure out what to do with it. We’ll keep you updated if we learn anything official.

The current incarnation of Leatherface is rated R “for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality/nudity.” Millennium Films is listed as distributor, although Lionsgate had originally been set to release the film. No word on where this stands.

In Leatherface, Jessica Madsen plays one of four inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor) who escape from a mental hospital. One of them becomes the title character and iconic slasher. The quartet kidnap a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and take her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman (Stephen Dorff) out for revenge. The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor plays Mother Sawyer.

Leatherface was directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and Among the Living.

When we talked with the filmmakers, they told us the film is “a brutal and nihilistic road movie that we hope will surprise and delight the fans…

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  • Barry Goldsbury

    I wish I could be excited about this. I just can’t.

    • JP Andrika

      I guess we won’t know what the movie was like before all the reshoots.

      • powderedtoastman

        Well……There’s the script from 2014…

  • I also noticed on IMDb a character named Nubbins!

    • Wilson Bro

      It’s funny, but I could never get used to The Hitchhiker being called “Nubbins”. When Jim Siedow says “Come ‘ere, Nubbins” in TCM2, I just thought it was another of his colourful insults.

    • powderedtoastman

      Nubbins is part of the little “Sawyer Brood” that gets into all sorts of trouble to set off the events that force lil leatherface into foster care.

      • Hmm. Not sure I like that sounds of that. I’m still intrigued. Have you read the script?

        • powderedtoastman

          Yeah. It actually comes off as pretty natural. They would definitely be the local troublemakers.

          • I could see that, but I feel like they would want to stay out the law’s way in order to carry out their “deeds”. Of course, that’s probably addressed in the script too. I just want to see a trailer for this thing already.

  • JP Andrika

    Just release it FFS. Ridiculous. “Chainsaw 3d” was dire but still turned a profit.

  • Darkknight2149

    Actual news!! You should have asked if Dejan Angelov is actually playing Nubbins Sawyer AKA The Hitchhiker.

    • John Squires

      He is =)

  • Biscoito18

    At least we still have this…

  • THGrimm

    I’m so terrified of this movie! Not that it will be scary, but that it will pull some kind of nonsense that makes Leatherface a woman because of the way they promote this Jessica Madsen. Before I get hopped on, there’s nothing wrong with a female killer or female lead character, but it would seem like a cheap modern tie-in.

    Regardless, though, I AM excited for this movie! TCM is my favorite and with those directors behind it it has a real chance at being something great to make up for Texas Chainsaw 3D.

    • Noct

      I just can’t see that happening. Leatherface is (generally) portrayed as a Transgender woman… Always has been.

      Considering he’s loosely based on the same person as Buffalo Bill and Norman Bates (Gein), it would be a pretty big slap in the face to the character to make him a naturally born woman by gender…

      • Colin Perkins

        Leatherface is not trans. The guy CROSS DRESSES as BOTH men and women and dressing in people’s dead bodies does IN NO WAY indicate someone is trans. Take your transphobic comments and get lost.

        • Noct

          Hahah, what? I’m dying to know how you interrupted any part of that as transphobic… Please, do enlighten me as to how anything I said was even remotely dismissive or prejudiced towards transgendered people…

          I didn’t invent this concept, it’s been noted, repeatedly (including by Mr. Hooper himself) that Leatherface often not only dons the face, but the mannerisms and clothing of a woman. (In the same way other Gein-based characters do), in an attempt to embody them or play out a role of being that person/gender.

          Considering that Leatherface is very often gendered as a woman, you would have to assume that some level of him identifies with it, hence my comment that he is “(generally) portrayed as a Transgender woman”. It’s not simply cross-dressing, he is actually embodying that gender when he does it.

          So again, explain how that is transphobic to say. I’m all ears.

          • Colin Perkins

            It’s transphobic in two fold.

            Number 1. It is comparing a kind of gender to a killer.

            And Number 2. EVERY time you go and call Leatherface a trans woman you purposely still refer to the character as a man. So, even if we were to follow your line of thought, then you are still on purpose mis gendering to make light of the gender.

            So ya, that’s offensive and you are being kind of a dick.

            To ADD to this if Leatherface were to assume the gender of both men and women as you JUST said, that would make them(see how I’m not saying him in this case) gender fluid, which guess what, isn’t trans. Being gender fluid is its own gender.

            AND to top THAT off if we go off the idea that the character is gender fluid, then it is still blasted wrong because as you just said, Leatherface completely changes how they act when they change clothing. Gender fluid people by no means become completely different people when they experience different genders, and to suggest they do is to be talking out of your butt.

            So ya, Leatherface doesn’t fit into any of that because weather it be trans or gender fluid, which BOTH deserve proper pro nouns ya little brat, neither group is defined by wearing dead bodies and acting like completely different people to assume different identities.

            What a dick, honestly.

          • Noct

            Hah, wow… That is just a Herculean attempt at manufacturing outrage. Kudos to you on it.

            For starters, your first point is just patently insane… Nowhere, at any point, did I even remotely suggest that Leatherface being a murderer/cannibal had anything to do with why the character is often portrayed as transgender. If that’s what you saw, then you may want to ask yourself some deep questions as to why you jumped to that conclusion…

            More importantly, as far as pronouns go, your argument has no validity in this case. I’m well aware of the need to use the correct pronoun when referring to a transgender person; in fact, I regularly have to correct an older family member on a younger person in our family who is non-binary on this exact point.

            Regardless though, this isn’t a person, it’s a fictional character, without a traditionally defined transgender status… It (and I say that with irony) does not require your defense or respect. On top of that, I said “him” specifically because Leatherface does NOT live out his life as a woman, OR a non-binary gender. He lives his life (largely), as a man. He takes on the gender of women (on several occasions), and in doing so attempts to fully embody that person down to their behaviors, vocal inflections, etc… right down to wearing their damn face.

            That takes it far beyond the role of cross-dressing… He is quite literally embodying that person/ gender in those instances. And yes, were he a real person, you would treat him with the respect of the pronoun associated with the gender he was identifying as (at that moment.)

            This is not that case here; this is talking about a (fictional) generally cisgendered male, who on occasion, assumes the gender of a woman.
            If there is already a defined pronoun for this apart from typing out Leatherface every time I’m referencing the character (regardless of Leahterface’s gender at that moment in fictional time), please, feel free to enlighten me, since you are so obviously not only the single most well-versed person on this topic, but also clearly an advocate for fictional character’s rights.

          • Motion Fiction Media

            Haha. Looks like you triggered a snowflake

          • The_Gentleman

            A ‘snowflake” is a guy who gets mad at SNL for making fun of him. In my eyes anyway.

          • Motion Fiction Media

            It’s someone easily offended about anything and everything. Even something like an SNL skit.

          • Darkknight2149

            “Comparing a kind of gender to a killer.”

            That’s like saying that calling a female killer a “woman” is sexist. You see, THIS type of self-righteous false outrage is what is wrong with today’s society and political correctness expectations. Get real.

          • Carlton Fisher

            I could go deeper with this, but I’ll just point out that transgenderism is generally considered a continuum, and gender fluidity is recognized as part of that continuum. So, yes, gender fluid is considered transgendered, or more appropriately trans*.

      • The_Gentleman

        I take issue with the Buffalo Bill comment. In the movie he wasn’t gay or trans. He wanted to change and transform because he hated himself so much. Mind you, The Dance confuses the issue and it’s easy to see him that way but even Lecter says he’s not trans. The hospitals turned him down, remember. Demme regrets not emphasizing that more but I think there’s enough there. As for the Leatherface/Homophobic conversation you guys have fun with that.

      • The Drucifer

        In the original wasn’t he dressed as a woman because he was preparing dinner. He was just playing dress up. The “trans” thing didn’t start until next generation and if you take that film as canon..well, shit.

        • Noct

          Not exactly; the character in general takes on the persona of whomever’s face he is wearing. In the dinner scene he was obviously living out the role of some kind of mother figure to the family, but the implication is that it was not an isolated event. (Tobe Hooper has said as much btw.)

          I’m honestly not sure if you can blindly label him as “transgender” since he seemingly would be a cisgenered man if he didn’t wear people’s faces, and he often portrays the same gender he was born biologically as… I just used that word for lack of a better one (and I probably should have been more descriptive in that comment.)

          • The Drucifer

            Thank you

      • powderedtoastman

        It’s revealed that “Leatherface” was in foster care and forced to wear a dress by his step-mother.

        • Noct

          Where was that revealed?

          • powderedtoastman

            The original spec script.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    It’s just not looking good for our horror icons.

  • Rocky

    go fuck yourself. The original film is a cunting waste of time. Any film would be better then that piece of shit made in 74. Anyone who likes it are obviously inbred and mentally challenged.

    • Wow,that’s a “nice” way of labeling the many fans,film critics,and horror cinema scholars who have passionately embraced this very film that you’re trashing,for you’re probably spend all night wondering upon why this film is still popular and will take another night in doing so,otherwise… You’re Dismissed,Troll !!!

      • Rocky

        bow before me Muppet.

    • The original isn’t so bad at all, but it’s overrated!

    • runamonk


    • Creepshow

      Mickey loves you Rock!

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      bad troll, also you did not understood the movie


      And here I thought I enjoyed it because it was a good movie. Nope, it’s because of inbreeding, thanks for clearing that up. I guess that explains why I only have one grandma and grandpa.

      • Chris Genth


    • Blade4693

      Dude you are always our here hating on that film specifically and not even in like a “I just don’t like it” kind of way, you talk about it like it beat you up for lunch money and stole your girlfriend lol what about it makes you hate it so much?

      • Rocky

        because I can and because it is. That is all.

        • Blade4693

          So you have no interest in sharing what about it that you dislike so much? For you to show such disdain for it there has to be a reason(s).

          • Munchie

            Rocky lacks the wit and vocabulary necessary for intelligent criticism, so he just resorts to ad hominem attacks and says ‘fuck’ a lot.

          • Rocky

            because I’m not a brainwashed sheep like you is more precise.
            Bow before me peasant and repent.

    • Rocky

      bow before me you vile pigs.

  • Khy

    I’ve heard so much crazy shit about the production of this film and all the re-shooting and re-editing and how they supposedly ended up bringing in a new director to direct a new re-shot version and my head is spinning. I don’t know what to think.
    ALL I know is that this was a lame idea from the beginning(no pun intended.) Why go the prequel route AGAIN? Sure the first prequel was about Thomas Hewitt and this one is about Jeb but still, why? I would’ve been fine with a subtle sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D- Despite that movie being crap it at least left enough room narratively for a new team to come in and actually build from there with possibly better material.
    What I’m saying is, they had a better chance to improve on TC3D than to try and improve on the original, which is what this pointless prequel is doing. Yai yai this franchise sucks(Except for Original, Remake, and The Beginning).

  • huntermc

    If it’s this big of a trainwreck, just dump it on VOD and direct to video.

  • Blade4693

    Again, why hold this back based on the success of a movie that isn’t anywhere near as iconic in the horror genre?

    Friday The 13th possibly being held back because of Rings, and now this possibly because of Blair Witch? That makes me kind of upset. I guess we just won’t release anymore horror movies ever because some didn’t do well as expected, because I do not see what parallels Friday and Chainsaw have to Rings and Blair Witch except that these will be new entrees to already existing horror franchises.

    Like how does one say ” Welp, Blair Witch wasn’t well received so obviously a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie won’t do good either ” lol

    • Halloween_Vic

      Exactly!!!! It’s ridiculous man seriously, oh look rings made $13 mil opening weekend let’s cancel the new F13th??? Like did they forget the last Friday film made over $40 mil opening weekend??? Ohh blair witch made less then $15 mil but hold off on the new leatherface film because that film flopped, yet the piece of shit 2013 sequel has made over $30 mil. It’s like do they see the difference or just stupid?

      • Blade4693

        Exactly dude I just do not understand the logic behind it. I could be a bit more understanding if they held these releases back based on the success of other new slashers or something but these movies aren’t even a like, nor do they have the same amount of brand recognition lol


    • Motion Fiction Media

      Seriously. These guys can’t catch a break. Inside is an incredible movie.

  • WOLF

    It was cool to see them recreate the house for the opening of 3D. But even in that early scene, they start to completely miss the entire point of the Sawyer clan. You shouldn’t be able to identify with or sympathize with them in any way. They say they were honoring the original, but they can’t truly be fans of the 74 film. All they showed was a complete lack of respect to the original.

  • Valak

    I feel bad for Maury and Bustillo. They made some great, sick films in their native France that horror fans worldwide seemed to really enjoy, then end in doing their first film for an American market and can’t even get the thing released. Hardly a good experience for them, and as a horror fan that sucks because both Inside and Livid were fun and pretty damn brutal, and I’d hate for them to be put off trying to make more horror films.

  • dukeblues

    You are guaranteed to make zero if you don’t release the damn film. Ridiculous…..

    • Darkknight2149

      Especially after they spent millions making it.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Make movie, spend money, don’t release it, take bath = good decision!

  • Tiffany Miller

    Hope this comes out 1974 Texas chainsaw is my fav.

  • The_Gentleman

    October has spot now that F13 is cancelled. They open it and get at least one good weekend out of it. It couldn’t have cost that much to make. I think Blair Witch–which I loved– opened too early (not the only reason it flopped but didn’t help). Almost everyone is in the mood for horror in October. You can get a good couple of weeks with something decent. It’s all about opening weekend these days.

  • Just dump it to VOD, doddammit.

  • Hakob Hakobyan

    Looking forward to seeing this. A trailer would be nice for start.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    “which is sitting on a shelf while the folks in charge figure out what to do with it. ”

    How about you fuckin release it you idiots. If you think one horror movie’s failure has anything to do with the next completely unrelated one you are stupid beyond repair.


  • Meisha’s Taint

    What the fuck type of world are we living in right now? We get Blair Witch and Cabin Fever remakes no one anywhere is asking for but Friday the 13th movies and Texas Chainsaw with a stellar director can’t see the light of day?!?!? It’s like the entire industry is completely tone deaf and doesn’t have the slightest fucking clue what horror fans want to see.

    • Halloween_Vic

      My fucking point exactly!!

  • Halloween_Vic

    Lol cause of Blair Witch? Lol these studios are fucking lame man seriously. Blair witch and leatherface are two completely different bodies of work and genres in the horror world. That’s just ridiculous and a lame ass excuse for the film to be “catching dust on a shelf.” Second the whole Sally’s dad and all this mess that’s going on just tells me that the film may not be good at all, and now the studio’s are in a jam because they wasted money and time on making something in the end that is probably one huge mess. Bullshit aside tho to blame it on Blair Witch is a fucking Joke, especially coming from Lions gate who at one point was shoving a saw film down our throats for 7 straight years.

  • Simon Allen

    I so want to see this ….I love the directors other stuff.
    Have the reshoot/new director rumours ever been officially confirmed ?
    I can understand Lionsgate getting cold feel because of Blair Witch but get this Lionsgate ….Blair Witch flopped because it was an absolute pile of garbage (much like the first sequel , that was also terrible ).
    Don’t give up all hope …..look what happened with Cabin in the Woods .

    • Barry El Beardo

      I just don’t understand why distributors pull films because of other genre failures. Surely its better to release and make SOME money than pull and let it get dusty on a shelf losing money?

      • Simon Allen

        I often wonder who the hell the studios have working for them …do they actually have a knowledge of film and their target audience of are they just money men in suits ?

        • Barry El Beardo

          Obvs money men in suits. But like most companies in the world, they should be run by people with the passion for the product, not the money. Cinemas should be run by film geeks, films should be made by passionate film lovers and dogs are for cuddling 🙂

    • Rocky

      you are an inbred fuckwit. That is all. Both Blair Witch films are superb. You are not.

      • Barry El Beardo

        Blair Witch was an assault on the senses. Loud sound editing does not make a good sound design!

  • Halloween_Vic

    So Rings made $13 mil opening weekend yet the last Friday Film made over $40 mil opening weekend. Blair witch made $20 mil domestically yet the sequel to Texas chainsaw made over $20 mil its opening weekend. But no let’s shut these slasher films down based on the flops of the other 2 titles which are completely different realms of horror, yet those 2 slashers were way more successful and made more $$$ then rings and blairwitch.

    • JP Andrika

      “F13” has been jerked around and cancelled and started numerous times. Using box office numbers was just an easy excuse. They had years to make it and didn’t. They aren’t interested in the series. Now the rights will expire.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Sucks man honestly they have the time and money to make this film like why back out now? Hopefully if it’s true New Line gets the rights back then hopefully they want to release one next year.

  • Barry El Beardo

    Does Ted Hardesty REALLY need to be in this? HIGHLY doubt it. But a huge fan of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo so hopefully get to see this soon

  • shane-o-mac

    It makes no sense to delay other horror movie productions or releases based on a couple other horror movies (that peeps forgot about) doing bad. Blair witch was no surprise for a flop cuz IT WAS F’N BORING, Rings barely had any promotion (that i saw) and took how long to make a sequel? Sh*t just makes no sense……..MAKE THE DAMN HORROR MOVIES ALREADY!!! Especially the Halloween and F13

  • gabriel

    Just put a meat cleaver to this garbage, get Matt Mcconaughey back and get Chris Nolan to direct a remake

  • JerryCurlCop

    I guess no one saw Collider Nightmares a couple days ago where Jon Schnepp said this movie is a complete pile of shit. I didn’t think it could get any worse than Chainsaw 3D but apparently it can.

    • Court

      I think he was referring to the 2006 prequel version by Platinum Dunes.

      • JerryCurlCop

        He was talking about Friday the 13th getting cancelled, unneeded origin stories, and said ‘Leatherface’. Kind of narrows it down because he wasn’t talking about Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.

        • JerryCurlCop

          And there’s no way he was talking about Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning because other than the original that’s arguably the best one…

  • Maxime C

    Curious about this one.
    I hope the Leatherface character appears before the last ten minutes of the film.
    But I enjoy the directors’ work so far so i have good hopes.

    • powderedtoastman

      About 10-20 minutes of Leatherface as we know him.

      • Maxime C

        Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. I’m not sure about the whole teenager thing personnally.

  • Russell Nichols

    I’d rather see a sequel to Texas Chainsaw. There’s absolutely no reason at all to do yet another stupid origin story. Why does he wear the skin masks? Kinda apparent in the original (and somewhat reinforced in the sequel) that he wore them to represent different personas. And I really don’t care to see a teenage Leatherface sans leatherface. This might be a worse origin than the last time they did a shitty origin film. That one made him a Jason ripoff, wearing the mask cause he’s uggo. Stupid stupid stupid

    • powderedtoastman

      In this one,Leatherface loses most of his actual face down to the bone,so I guess that’s why he starts wearing them. He’s just a normal,good looking teenager with anger issues…..Until the car accident.

  • Court

    Sounds like they went an entirely different tone and route with this prequel. So I’m not expecting it to be much of a Chainsaw film, but I’m hoping as a horror film it’ll still be decent.

  • c-s-a78

    I would rather see how young grandpa was killing with his wifey & little dog!

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