TCM Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Gets October 2017 Release??
Just when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre fans have almost given up all hope on seeing the prequel Leatherface comes news that the film is going to be released in October. However, I am not too optimistic that this is actually going to happen. Why?
The news didn’t come from the distributor of the film, Lionsgate. It came from the Twitter account of Leatherface producer Christa Campbell. See below:
While I am hoping that this is true; it doesn’t seem encouraging that Lionsgate has been silent about the film and the IMDB page for Leatherface hasn’t been updated in a long while. There is no trailers or teasers and only a poster and a few stills.
And this isn’t the first time that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre fans got their hopes up by Leatherface filmmakers. The IMDb (Internet Movie Database) Leatherface page showed that the movie was going to be released on January 2, 2017. This was quietly changed with no explanation.
All this just leaves me wondering what is happening with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel. But I think I know the answer.
Basically, the production company probably messed the film up and didn’t do the Leatherface franchise justice.
Why would I say something like that?
Well look how long it has taken them to produce the movie. The film was announced in January 2013. And it was completed since August 2016. See IMDb dates below. Rumors have it that Lionsgate wasn’t happy with the cut and made the production company reshoot part of the movie.
Also, why no trailer or teaser? If you were a moviemaker who just made a kickass installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise; then wouldn’t you release a trailer or teaser? Something to get the fans excited and show them that you are going to give them the Leatherface movie the fans wanted.
Let’s look at the IMDb synopsis:
“Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are 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.”
One look at that synopsis and I know they messed up. Looks like investors looked at the Hannibal franchise and attempted to replicate that success. The problem is they are trying to humanize and explain Leatherface. This will not work because Hannibal and Leatherface is two completely different types of killers.
I really hope that I am wrong about this and that Leatherface is the best installment in the franchise. But the behavior of the distributor and the production company makes me nervous. Let’s wait and see if this tweet is the beginning of the marketing behind the Leatherface release or more false hope.