Millennium Films Revs Another ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

EXCLUSIVE: After Leatherface cut The Hobbit down to size last weekend to become the country’s top-grossing film, he’s headed back to the slaughterhouse for another helping of Texas Chainsaw Massacre mayhem. Millennium Films is moving ahead with Texas Chainsaw 4, with production to begin later this year in Louisiana.

The next installment will be spearheaded by producer Carl Mazzocone, exec producers Mark Burg, Avi Lerner, Tobe Hooper, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Danny Dimbort, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell.

All this comes after Texas Chainsaw 3D scared up a surprisingly high $21.7 million gross on 2,654 screens. According to a story my former Variety colleague Ted Johnson just reported, it also comes as Vice President Joe Biden sets meetings for later this week with Hollywood movie and video game makers to cut down on the levels of violence. Even though it would pass muster on gun play, I’m not sure Texas Chainsaw 3D┬áputs Millennium on the Biden itinerary; the ad campaign for Texas Chainsaw 3D was buoyed by an ad campaign that was short on dialogue and long on splatter. Audiences certainly responded as the film turned in a per screen average of $8,193 on 2,654 screens.

“Lati and Christa brought the idea of this franchise to us. They were certain of the audience appeal, so we signed on,” Millennium Films Chairman Avi Lerner said. “And it turns out they were right. It was a bloody good decision. Lionsgate agreed to distribute the film in the US, and did a fantastic job. We very much hope to partner with them for the next chapter.”

The latest installment was helmed directed by John Luessenhop, with script by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms, from a story by Stephen Susco, Marcus, Sullivan. It’s based on characters created by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, whose 1974 original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is still one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. It cost $300,000, grossed over $30 million and the horror was pretty much implied and not shown. That has not been the case in a series of followups that have starred the likes of Viggo Mortensen, Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger.

Comments (17)

  • UGH.

    Comment by Travis — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:02pm PST  
  • Is it really so wrong just to sit back for an hour and a half and enjoy this kind of mayhem??

    Comment by steveomedic — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:07pm PST  
    • Especially since it only happens every four year…oh, wait, that’s the Presidential election.

      Comment by 100stones3x — Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 8:58am PST  
  • The next one is going to be titled Texas Chainsaw 4? I thought that this one, Texas Chainsaw 3D is meant to serve as the new “sequel” to the original, erasing all of the other sequels and remakes. Wouldn’t that make the next one the third (but really the 8th)? Texas Chainsaw 2 3D? Texas Chainsaw 3 3D? Texas Chainsaw 3DD ala the new classic, Piranha 3DD? Wow, this is confusing.

    Comment by Chad — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:10pm PST  
    • This is the same production that didn’t give a damn about the movie’s timeline, scripting that a baby born in 1973 would grow up to be a 20 year old in 2012.

      Math is not their strong suit.

      Comment by Ryan S — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 9:55pm PST  
  • Is it wrong to enjoy it? No. I love horror movies, but this was just bad. The dialogue was atrocious and I’ve never seen characters make dumber decisions. (Yes, I understand characters in horror movies are supposed to make dumb decisions, this was just poor storytelling) Thankfully the main character is absolutely gorgeous.

    Comment by Cody — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:32pm PST  
  • It was shot here in Shreveport,La,..excellent!,..

    Comment by Jerald Amaya SR. — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 8:04pm PST  
  • Chainsaws don’t kill people…

    Comment by Leatherface — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 8:08pm PST  
    • Americans would be safer if each one of us carried a chainsaw. And maybe a mask made of someone else’s flesh just to show we mean business…

      Comment by 100stones3x — Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:00am PST  
  • The only way a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D can be titled Texas Chainsaw 4 is if TC3D is a direct sequel to the recent remake and its prequel. However, the current film is being marketed as a sequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Masacre only. The only other half-way logical explanation for the next film to sport a “4″ in its title is if the producers are trying to follow in the footsteps of the sequels to the Ocean’s 11 remake and just stamp subsequent chapters with the next sequential digit. But even Ocean’s 12 and 13 were considered stupid titles. Bad call.

    Comment by Sean — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 9:51pm PST  
  • I don’t care what any of you say…

    Alexandra Daddario can star in any movie she wants to…good or bad…

    In all reality, these films are not that bad because they never meant to be that good. They are dumb action/slasher films about great looking teenager/young adults who get punished for their sins.

    They tend to be short (knowing not to waste too much of our time) and they deliever what they promise…something MOST films don’t!

    Comment by Pablo — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:20pm PST  
  • First I’m going to assume that calling it “Texas Chainsaw 4″ was a mistake. I saw “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and didn’t love it, but there have been good Texas Chainsaw films followed by bad ones and vice versa, so I’ll see any sequel and if its bad I’m sure it’ll be juts dumb fun

    Comment by Max M — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 11:57pm PST  
  • It’s movies like this that are responsible for the epidemic of chainsaw violence in this country, although stricter chainsaw control laws are desperately needed, at both the state and federal level. How many teenagers have to end up chopped to pieces before the lawmakers wake up!?

    Comment by Jeffmc2000 — Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 2:47am PST  
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