Netflix has acquired the global rights to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a direct sequel to the iconic 1974 film that spawned an incredibly successful franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The rights were previously held by Legendary Pictures, which purchased the film rights after Lionsgate and Millennium Films lost them in late 2017.
The film is directed by David Blue Garcia and will star Nell Hudson, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham, Olwen Fouéré, and more. The plot, according to IMDB, is that decades after Leatherface killed several people in central Texas, he resurfaces and torments Melody (Hudson) and her disabled younger sister Lila (Fisher), who are in Texas on a business trip. Burnham will portray an older Leatherface in the film.
In October 2020, Legendary launched a website, released the movie poster, and partnered with Activision for an in-game item and in-game character skin in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Despite the numerous sequels and attempted reboots, Texas Chainsaw Massacre will reportedly ignore any other films that were released after the initial one. Tobe Hooper, the original director and co-writer, directed a parody sequel more than a decade after the first film, and there have been six more films since then. Few of those sequels have been successful critically or financially, but fans of the franchise surely hope that Garcia’s project breathes new life into the franchise.
Filming was completed last year in Bulgaria. A release date has not been announced.