Bloody Disgusting was the first to tell you that the rights to Halloween had escaped the clutches of The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films, which led to Blumhouse and Universal Pictures aligning to bring us a new entry this coming October. Now, we’re hearing that Leatherface is in search of a new home…again.
Last October, Lionsgate released Leatherface, a prequel to Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that was produced by Millenium Films. Sources told us before the film’s release that rights had turned back over to Kim Henkel, writer and producer on the 1974 slasher classic and also director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). We’ve been quietly poking around for the past year and are just now learning that Leatherface and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are on the cusp of finding a new home.
We can exclusively report that Legendary Entertainment/Legendary Pictures are in the mix (I am stressing this hard) to develop not only a television series based on the original slasher masterpiece, but also more films. With or without Legendary, a series and more films are inevitable.
This would be huge news for more than one reason. First, it was questionable if the franchise had any life left after the previous two disappointments, Texas Chainsaw 3D and Leatherface. Legendary, who is behind the Godzilla and King Kong shared universe, has the power to revitalize the franchise with big talent, both in writing and directing.
But here’s where speculation can run wild – it was reported a little over a week ago that Legendary was nearing a renewed distribution deal with WARNER BROS. PICTURES. Let’s talk this out together. Warner Bros. is the parent company to New Line Cinema, who is home to, yes, Freddy Krueger and the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Also, assuming the ongoing lawsuit doesn’t get in the way, the rights to Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise will return to them by early 2019. If Texas Chain Saw were to end up with Legendary, it is 100% possible that we could see a shared universe between Jason, Freddy and Leatherface, which was once a possibility when New Line Cinema controlled all three properties years back.
Legendary is no joke and can deliver some serious talent to the Texas franchise. They produced both Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, and also hired him to direct next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Adam Wingard, a known Texas Chain Saw superfan, is in pre-production on Godzilla vs. Kong. They’re also behind Netflix’s “Lost in Space”, which gives them a strong relationship with the streaming service. Also, if Legendary were to win the slasher lottery, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have a distribution deal with the modern horror king in James Wan, who directed the first two Conjuring films for them, and has produced Lights Out, both Annabelle films (and the forthcoming third), as well as the next Conjuring spinoffs, The Nun and The Crooked Man.
With a company like Legendary backing the Saw, there is no ceiling to where Leatherface can end up…