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The idea for a prequel to the original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE has been in the works for a while now. Getting to see a young Leatherface should offer all kinds of possibilities. The film will be titled LEATHERFACE and will presented as a mystery of sorts about a few teenage psychopaths that escape from a mental hospital, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. It certainly has grabbed the attention of fans worldwide.
With the project having wrapped last year, re-shoots finally taken care, and a solid R-rating given from the MPAA, things are looking good for the upcoming LEATHERFACE prequel.
According to IMDB we will be meeting the character Ted Hardesty in the upcoming prequel, played by Julian Kostov. Hardesty is the father of Sally and Franklin from the original film.
B-D was able to speak with LEATHERFACE writer Seth M. Sherwood about this character saying:
"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..."
Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury previously described the upcoming film as:
“a brutal and nihilistic road movie that we hope will surprise and delight the fans…”
The filmmaking duo also previously stated about the upcoming prequel:
"We’re actually more connected to the Tobe Hooper’s TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. The main difference with THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING is that we go back further in the character’s origins, telling a part of its teenage years. Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road-movie, with a quite new narrative structure in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe…"
LEATHERFACE will star Angela Bettis, Stephen Dorff, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor, Vanessa Grasse, Lili Taylor, Finn Jones, and Julian Kostov.
Seth M. Sherwood penned the script for the prequel to the original 1974 horror classic. Millennium Films is financing the project and producing the movie is Carl Mazzocone, along with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman as executive producers.
"A young nurse is kidnapped by a group of violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface."
LEATHERFACE will be released by Lionsgate. The film has yet to receive a release date but one should be announced very soon. We will continue to keep you updated.