A bunch of us hardcore horror fans are still deep in the throes of depression following yesterday’s announcement that Friday the 13th Part 13, set to go into production this spring in Conyers, Georgia, had been pulled from Paramount’s release schedule. News of the yank was followed by the word that the entire production had been shut down, possibly due to the studio’s disappointment with last weekend’s Rings revenue.
Even though there’s still plenty to look forward to in 2017, Friday’s cancellation leaves a gaping hole in our hearts. Sure, we’ll have Saw: Legacy this Halloween, but let’s be real: Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell) has been dead for over a decade, so it’s just going to be another protégé behind the pig mask and Billy Puppet. What a lot of us are craving is the return of an icon. And since we have no reason to hope for Michael Myers in 2017, Jason’s latest demise is a heavy hit.
But what about that other icon whose return has been rumored as eminent? We first hear rumblings of a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel back in 2014 but, guess what: The film is actually in post-production. This means, that while there’s been little news regarding Leatherface since mid-2016, we know one thing for certain: It can’t be canceled because it’s already done! (Well, filming at least…)
So where is it? Somewhere in the machinery of Lionsgate, I suppose. Perhaps they’re waiting for the right time to make an announcement, or they could be gauging the market for horror movie trends to determine whether to give the film a theatrical release or push it straight out on DVD. Keep in mind, this is all just conjecture.
Of course, Friday’s cancellation gives Lionsgate a huge opportunity to swoop in and save the day, delivering the retro, nostalgic horror icon genre lovers are so obviously want. Of course, the film might not deliver the hulking Leatherface we’ve come to expect. Here’s what we know about the films so far:
This is the origin story for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” in which a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
Leatherface is directed by the French filmmaking duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside, Livide) from a script penned by Seth M. Sherwood; the film stars Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, and Nicole Andrews.
So what do you say Horror Freaks? Would you be stoked if Leatherface tore shit up in 2017? Sound off in the Comments section!