The upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot from producer Fede Alvarez has found its screenwriter in Chris Thomas Devlin (Cobweb). Previously, it had been reported Alvarez was planning to produce the next installment of the popular movie series as part of a deal with Legendary pictures. That news has now been confirmed as Alvarez and his writing partner Rodolfo Sayagues have reportedly closed an overall deal with the company to create, produce, and develop movies through their Bad Hombre Films banner, which includes the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot.
Because it's very early in the production process, there aren't many details about Bad Hombre's vision for the next movie. It's not clear if it will serve to follow the story of any of the previous movies, or if it will be a complete reboot that starts the story over from scratch. It's worth noting the timeline of the movies in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is rather messy as it is, with multiple reboots and re-imaginings existing in the movie series already. Perhaps Fede Alvarez will handle the story the same way he did with the Evil Dead reboot, which was essentially a re-imagining of the original movie but still set in the same universe of the prior installments.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise first began with the release of the original movie by Tobe Hooper in 1974. Based on the real-life crimes of Ed Gein, it tells the story of a group of youths venturing into the home of a cannibalistic family where they are attacked by its inhabitants. Because of its convincing acting, gritty content, and clever marketing, the movie was a bit hit for the horror genre, inspiring a wave of imitators for decades to come. In particular, the movies are best known for featuring the character Leatherface, who's very well-known for wielding a chainsaw and wearing the skin of his victims over his own face.
Hooper released an official sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1986, which was more comedic and less scary than its predecessor. The third and fourth installments of the series each served as soft reboots, bringing back Leatherface but giving him all-new killer family members. A full reboot released in 2003 completely reimagined the events of the original Texas Chainsaw movie with new characters, with the story expanded upon in a 2006 prequel. The franchise returned to theaters in 2013 with Texas Chainsaw 3D, which served as a direct sequel to the original movie, while the direct-to-video prequel Leatherface followed in 2017.
With other horror franchises like Halloween and Scream getting new movies, it was clear Leatherface would be heading back to the big screen soon enough, but at least it appears to be in great hands. Alvarez and Sayagues' deal with Legendary will also see the pair developing many other movie projects for the company. This also includes an untitled horror movie set in Washington D.C., which should definitely be interesting. Considering the great work we've already seen the filmmakers to be capable of, this new deal is a huge win for Legendary. This news comes to us from Deadline.