EXCL: Burg Talks Twisted Pictures’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre!


Hints at details for contemporary story

Producer Mark Burg has added a new member to the Twisted Pictures family. Last week, it was announced the house of Saw had acquired the rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a new film was underway. Nothing related to the remake and prequel Platinum Dunes had released in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

“Platinum Dunes had a one off deal, then I guess they got into a disagreement with the rights holders,” Burg tells ShockTillYouDrop.com exclusively. ” Carl Mazzacone, who works for us, set up a meeting for myself and [original Chainsaw co-writer] Kim Henkel, we flew down and closed the deal in the room.”

Writing the latest entry in the Chainsaw saga, which has wildly steered all over the map in regards to characters, is Stephen Susco (The Grudge). “What we’re going to do with it is bring it to 2010,” says Burg. “Make it current day and come up with a new story that takes some of the basic plot points, if you will, and make it a current day movie. I don’t want to make another Chainsaw in the ’70s, that doesn’t thrill me.”

“I haven’t seen first draft yet, but we’re working on it,” he adds. “Stephen’s such a smart guy. We’re coming up with the idea. It’s a ‘what if?’ It’s 35 years later, there’s a relative going back. Why is he going back? I don’t want to set it in a dusty town. How do we make it more urban but keep that feel. There will be some relatives, some new people. There’s still the subtext of ‘are they eating these people?’ The whole idea of cannibalism, we’re bringing it back.”

Burg says they’re still putting together all of the puzzle pieces, creatively-speaking, and a number of directors have come forward interested in ushering Leatherface into a new era. And in a new dimension, no less. The new Massacre will take place in 3-D.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor