Leatherface has a new home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has acquired the global rights to the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre installment from Legendary Pictures.
David Blue Garcia directed the upcoming sequel, which was shot last year in Bulgaria. Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe filmmaker Fede Alvarez is producing the picture via his Bad Hombre label.
The original Chainsaw, released in 1974 and directed by Tobe Hooper, is considered one of the most influential horror movies of all time and of course introduced the world to Leatherface, a member of a family of cannibals who is a hulking figure with a deformed face, hidden by the skin of his victims. The character has been a constant in the many sequels, prequels and ancillary appearances in other media.
The new movie takes place years after the shocking events of the original, in a setting where Leatherface hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Per Netflix and Legendary, the film seeks to pick up where the Hooper and Kim Henkel film initially left off, bringing the most notorious horror franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced to the world. Chris Thomas Devlin wrote the script.
The cast includes Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Sarah Yarkin (Happy Death Day 2U), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner) and Moe Dunford (Vikings).
Netflix and Legendary previously teamed up to release Enola Holmes, the sleuthing adventure movie starring Millie Bobby Brown. The movie debuted in 2020 and proved to be a hit for the streamer, with a sequel now in development.
What do you make of this news? Do you think that Netflix made a good business decision in picking up the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie? Do you think Legendary Pictures should have held on to the flick and released it in theaters instead? Sound off in the comments below and let us and the rest of the movie-loving world know your thoughts!