‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Prequel Gets a Writer and a New Title

By August 14, 2014

You get an origin story! And you get an origin story! You, too, will also be getting an origin story!

As has becoming frighteningly commonplace in the blockbuster world, just about every big-time villain is getting an origin story-heavy prequel these days. Did you ever really think about what Leatherface was like as a teen or whatever? No? Yeah, us either, but that hasn’t stopped Millennium Films from putting together a prequel to 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that will function as a look at the murderous Leatherface’s early years. Will there be a baby Leatherface? Awkward tween Leatherface? Angsty teen Leatherface? We need to know!

The Wrap reports that the film is getting closer to creation, as it now comes complete with both a shiny new title and a new screenwriter.

It’s going to be called Leatherface. You do have to admire the simplicity of it. It’s to the point: this movie is about Leatherface.


The prequel will be penned by Seth M. Sherwood, a name you might not know right now, but that you sure will by the time Leatherface roars into theaters. The screenwriter has a lot of (very scary) pots on the metaphorical stove, including a “supernatural thriller” that’s being produced by Blumhouse and will be directed by Paranormal Activity 5‘s director, Greg Plotkin. He’s also written a “psychological thriller” called Interstate 5 that The Wrap describes as “a cross between Jacob’s Ladder and Natural Born Killers” with a plot that “follows a serial killer’s son and the daughter of one of his victims as they team up to find the maniac, only to be haunted by demonic forces intent on driving them mad.” Fun! Bloody!

The outlet also reports that “official plot details are being kept under wraps, though the new film is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface’s early years in the 1970s.” Angsty teen, right? Has to be. Obviously people who grow up to be murders don’t have a fun high school experience, right?

The film is still in need of a director, but The Wrap shares that with production possibly starting this winter, they expect to see a director hired within the next few weeks.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • TCM Part 3 was also called Leatherface. So….original.