"Leatherface," the latest prequel in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror series, is apparently complete and ready for release. However, It seems Lionsgate, the studio behind its creation, is reluctant to release the R-Rated movie.
This led horror fan website Bloody Disgusting to create a the #WeWantLeatherface hashtag campaign in hopes that they could prompt a change of heart from the studio. As part of that campaign, the website spoke with the movie's writer Seth Sherwood, who explained how his film fits into the complex continuity of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" series.
"When I was writing 'Leatherface,' I tried really hard to make it feel like part of the franchise on the whole— which is actually not easy when you consider continuity was pretty loose between the original trilogy and two remakes that followed it," Sherwood said. "'Chainsaw' films aren’t exactly a perfectly shared universe, but at the same time, they are all undeniably 'Chainsaw' at their heart. To tap into that I tried to pay subtle homage to all the films in some way; I wanted to tap into some of the key ideas and tropes so that it would feel familiar, but at the same time, go in a different direction.
"'Leatherface' is very much about identity," Sherwood continued. "[Original Leatherface actor] Gunnar Hansen said that Leatherface was devoid of identity beyond doing what his family told him, or what his mask might define. Instead of starting Jed Sawyer as a gibbering simpleton, I was more interested in taking somebody that could almost pass as normal and then explore how they could be reduced to nothing. Leatherface doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t remember his family— but the saw becomes integral to restoring that… because the saw IS family!"
Directed by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, and starring Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Nicole Andrews and Julian Kostov, "Leatherface" does not currently have a release date scheduled.