Director John Luessenhop Close to Revving Up Leatherface 3D for Lionsgate

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Leatherface 3DIt’s kind of funny. Not only do horror movies get the shit end of the stick in terms of mainstream acceptance, but horror news websites do too. Not soapboxing here, but credit where credit is due, kids!

A couple of weeks back Bloody Disgusting reported that Takers director John Luessenhop was in talks to work on the next entry into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Now The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Luessenhop is indeed in talks to direct the tentatively titled Leatherface 3D for Lionsgate.

The flick will be a joint Lionsgate and Nu Image production, with Lionsgate distributing the movie in the U.S. and Nu Image selling international rights at Cannes.

Carl Mazzocone is producing the movie, which hopes to launch a new franchise featuring Leatherface and his family of cannibals. Mazzocone was production president of horror house Twisted Pictures before becoming an independent producer; he pursued the rights to the property and came away with a deal to make up to six movies.

Debra Sullivan, Adam Marcus and Stephen Susco have turned in drafts of the third Chainsaw flick that supposedly picks up immediately where Tobe Hooper’s original left off before flashing forward 35 years.

Production is slated to begin in June. Stay tuned.

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