It was only a matter of time. Our exclusive report that a sequel to last weekend’s Texas Chainsaw 3D (review) has been greenlit was just confirmed by Millenium Entertainment. This is on the heels of a much better-than-expected opening weekend for the latest Sawyer tale.
We had previously reported that the producers behind Texas Chainsaw 3D had acquired the rights to make up to 7 more films and that the most Leatherface adventure was the beginning of an entire new franchise. Now at least one of those seven films will get underway with producer Carl Mazzocone (and an army of executive producers that include Tobe Hooper) still in charge. As far as Lionsgate is concerned, Millenium Films Chairman Avi Lerner said, “We very much hope to partner with them for the next chapter.”
In a weird bit of news, reports have the title being Texas Chainsaw 4. Since TCM 3D was supposed to be a direct sequel to the 1974 original, I’m not sure how that works. I’d expect the title to change – soon (in fact I’m betting that it’s a reporting mistake and will be changed by morning). No work on if director John Luessenhop will return.
Oh yeah, and you won’t have to wait that long this time. The sequel apparently starts shooting this summer in Louisiana! I can only hope that it continues the insane premise set up at the end of TCM 3D.
Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver. Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried).
The anthology will consist of three 30-minute films:
“On Sabbath Hill” is a ghost story about a professor who is a stickler for student attendance. When his wandering eye causes a female student to kill herself, her ghost continues to come to class.
“Dust” tells the story of a security guard at a laboratory who steals Mars dust to cure his cancer-ridden wife. It works, but with some unintended side effects.
“The Gorge”: When Donna accompanies her fiance, Gary, and his best friend, Craig, on a morning caving expedition; she expects a fun hike, a few laughs, and maybe some kisses in the dark. But a sudden cave-in leaves them trapped with no way out. Gary’s leg has been crushed, and as the days go by, gangrene sets in. With everyone starving, Craig suggests that when they cut off the leg, maybe they should take just an extra few inches. Will it be enough to feed all of them? And how far will three people go to survive?