Horror movies and sequels go together like underage drinking and slasher rage. Texas Chainsaw 3D, which debuted last week from Millennium Films and Lionsgate, surprised many when it beat out Django Unchained, The Hobbit and Les Miserables for the top box-office spot with $21.7 million. Deadline reports those numbers and the film’s ranking were enough for Millennium to greenlight a sequel the site refers to as Texas Chainsaw 4.
That title seems a little misleading, but the franchise’s odd sequel and remake history doesn’t make numbering very easy. Tobe Hooper’s original film was released in 1974, giving birth to the chainsaw-wielding slasher Leatherface. That film was followed by the Hooper-directed sequel in 1986 and then Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III in 1990. The third film began the franchise’s tradition of ignoring other sequels and making a new follow-up to the first film. The same thing happened with 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Then in 2003 Platinum Dunes got its hands on the movies and gave the whole thing a reboot followed by a 2006 prequel subtitled The Beginning. Like many of its predecessors, Texas Chainsaw keeps the original film as a kind of jumping off point and goes its own way from there.
Whatever the second Millennium film is called, it’s expected to start shooting later this year in Louisiana. It’s unknown right now who exactly from the first film will still be involved or when the follow-up will make its way to theaters.