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.