Much has been said and written about the wonky timeline present in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D over the years, which just doesn’t at all add up or make any logical sense.
The film begins right after the events of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in 1973, and then jumps ahead to 2012; and yet, Alexandra Daddario’s character, who was a baby in 1973, is somehow a very young twenty-something in 2012. Heather Miller, according to the film’s own timeline, should be 39 years old in 2012.
Why wasn’t the bulk of Texas Chainsaw set ten years earlier than 2012, to make sense of the timeline? As it turns out, it was originally supposed to be set in the ’90s!
Adam Marcus, the director of Jason Goes to Hell, co-wrote Texas Chainsaw 3D, and in a new chat with Agony Booth he explained what went wrong with the timeline.
“For Texas Chainsaw, the studio wanted a direct sequel to the original film, so my lifelong writing partner Debra Sullivan and I started from that idea,” Marcus told the site. “We wanted to adhere more to the first movie. I love the first movie. Tobe Hooper loved our script, which was exciting. There was a certain reverence to what came before. I also loved the Jason character and the hockey mask, but there was no real mythology for Leatherface, and we wanted to create a mythology. With Leatherface, there was a really broken psychology there, like Frankenstein’s monster. For Debra and me, we wanted to tell the story of Leatherface’s imprisonment and his reverence for family.”
Marcus continued, digging into the timeline issues, “Our draft took place in the early 1990s, but the finished film took place now, which makes no sense. The original film was in the 1970s, and the main character is in her twenties, which is why the script took place in the ’90s. It didn’t make any logical sense, and it’s frustrating. I was also trying to make the date in the script coincide with the release of Jason Goes to Hell.”
Well, it’s good to know at least someone was thinking clearly!