Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot replaces directing duo, scraps early footage
Legendary’s forthcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot has hit its first speed bump as directing duo Andy and Ryan Tohill have left the project over creative differences after one week of shooting and have been replaced by David Blue Garcia (Tejano), according to Deadline.
The duo reportedly left the production after Legendary saw early footage from production and didn’t take a liking to it, choosing to now toss it away and start the film from scratch. Sources report that the new film will be a direct sequel to the 1974 classic, much like the recent Halloween and Terminator: Dark Fate, and will be set in the present day.
The reboot will be produced by Fede Alvarez, who is known for directing Don’t Breathe and 2013’s Evil Dead, along with Rodolfo Sayagues through Bad Hombre banner.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise centers around Leatherface and his backwoods family, who terrorize innocent visitors trespassing their lands in the isolated Texas countryside. The original film was directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) and released in 1974. The franchise currently has a total of eight films with the most recent entry being the 2017 prequel simply titled Leatherface. Featuring cast members that included Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, and Dennis Hopper, the film series has grossed more than $235 million worldwide.
Legendary has had experience producing and reinventing films based on horror classics before such as Godzilla and King Kong who are now part of the same Monster-verse. They’ve also worked in horror with some original films like Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, plus the big budget Dracula Untold, and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.