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Yet Another Texas Chainsaw Reboot Is on the Way

Leatherface, seen here in Texas Chainsaw 3D, will be picking up that chainsaw yet again.
Leatherface, seen here in Texas Chainsaw 3D, will be picking up that chainsaw yet again.
Photo: Lionsgate

Reboots of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are like Leatherface’s masks. They pop on and off over the face of the original film, again and again.

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After reboots/reimaginings in 2003 and 2013, which spawned several sequels and prequels in between, Variety reports that directors Andy and Ryan Tohill have been hired by Legendary to do yet another new reboot of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 cult classic. Chris Thomas Devlin will write and it’ll be produced by Fede Alvarez.

If you don’t know any of those names, producer Alvarez directed the recent Evil Dead remake as well as Don’t Breathe. But Devlin has yet to have a script produced and the Tohills have just one feature to their name, a 2018 film called The Dig. So, this new Texas Chainsaw will be very much in the spirit of the original film in that it’ll be made mostly by relative newcomers.

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“The [Tohills’] vision is exactly what the fans want,” Alvarez said in a statement obtained by Variety. “It’s violent, exciting, and so depraved that it will stay with you forever.”

We can only hope that’s the truth, because while the 2003 reboot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was mostly successful, recent attempts like 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D have been less than that. Many of these versions forget why the original film was so terrifying. It’s not the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, though he’s obviously scary-as-shit and the most recognizable character. It’s Leatherface’s disturbing family and living situation, and how the discovery of that is slowly played out over the course of the film.

If this new film captures some of that but also updates it in some way maybe it’ll work. But it has a long road ahead.

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DISCUSSION

Ok... So, on the one hand I dug Evil Dead for the most part. On the other hand, Don’t Breathe had me mostly laughing during the movie, and not for any reasons the movie was going for. On the other, other hand (you don’t need to know how many hands I have) it’s just another remake of Texas Chainsaw and the last few attempts were incredibly bad.

“Do your thang, cuz!”

Jesus. Someone got paid to write that line, then the director got paid to film it, and then everyone on set went “yeah, that’s the delivery we’re going with.” Right up there with “part time!