Henkel Preps a New TCM?

TCM: The Next Generation...It’s been a while since anyone’s been talking about Texas Chainsaw Massacre, since the last thing that came our way tended to underwhelm and no plans for anything new have been in place. Then Fangoria talked to Kim Henkel, writer of the Tobe Hooper original, who gave them the word that he’s working on a new Leatherface adventure.

Don’t worry that he wasn’t hired by Platinum Dunes to bring their franchise back to life; instead he just has a new TCM script ready to go and needs to figure out what to do with it. It’s the first time since the original that I’ve done something that I wanted to do with it,” he told the mag. ”I’m excited about being able to truly realize what I’ve put down on paper.”

Now, before you get too excited, please remember that Henkel’s the man who both wrote and directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which I don’t think anyone would argue is the worst, and most embarrassing, of the series.

So what will this new one be about? “Let me say that it moves the whole situation forward,”Henkel explained. ”It places everything in the present and is very much a product of these times. It leaves behind the setting of ‘30 years ago’.”

Should be an interesting one to follow; we’ll let you know as soon as we hear more!

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  • Jerel Of The Dead

    Yeah they should have thought that ending out more. The backseat car kill was stupid as hell.

  • bludgeoner

    Eh… I don’t even give a fuck about this… I’m sort of yawning at the prospect of more TCM films, isn’t there enough already?? Each sequel (for me) creates less intensity in the whole story line and Leatherface. They’re not meant to be camp with millions of sequels like Friday the 13th for instance- LET IT GO!

    In regards to TNG – McGonaughey saves it but I still think it’s a piece of shit and I have Australian n European version (European one for cover art alone).

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  • Spaceshark

    At least The Beginning didn’t have Renee assface Zellweger bossing Leatherface around.


    At least The Next Generation didn’t have pseudo-incestual homo-eroticism.
    (Wait, that makes me sad)

  • Terminal

    Creepy, very. Oh yes. The gas pains are the worst.

    I don’t know why I talk about lactose so much, I guess painful diarrhea reminds me of TCM. *rimshot* Thank you!

    I hated the entire movie. When even Leatherface is boring, the filmmakers haven’t done their job well. And that’s an understatement, obviously.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Wow Terminal. Lactose intolerant much? LOL

    Honestly, I don’t hate “The Beginning”, I just think it’s very average, and to end things on a backseat car kill? Come on! What backseat is even big enough to house a near seven foot hulk carrying a 3 foot power tool, that apparently didn’t make any noise to speak of until it was switched on instantly without revving the motor? I’m sorry but that’s nothing but a cheat.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind cheats. Every film is allowed at least a couple, but to end on one? Lame.

  • Terminal

    “but it was bloody and violent.”

    So is taking a shit after I drink a big cup of whole milk, but that doesn’t mean I want to experience it. “The Beginning” was an overblown and bloated remake of the remake, except much worse. It was hardly an origin story and just created because the remake left them with no other option after the geniuses cut off Leatherface’s arm.

    But then, different strokes, so I don’t mean any offense with this response towards you.

  • Terminal

    TNG was above and beyond an awful piece of crap.

    TCM: The Beginning was also awful and utterly absymal, but not as bad as TNG.

    In a nutshell: No more Leather face for the love of god.

  • Jerel Of The Dead

    Damn, I don’t get all the hate for TCM: The Beginning, but I also don’t get why some people love TCM 2. Sure the beginning didn’t bring anything new to the table but it was bloody and violent. Now TCM:TNG was beyond a joke and I hope Henkel does not try to bring anything that bad into our lives ever again.

  • Blockbuster

    Am I the only one who laughed when I say the words “Leatherface Adventure”?

  • Sirand

    Yea, it doesn’t get any worse than TNG.

    While my feelings on The Beginning have certainly fallen, I still think the dialogue and black humor easily raise it above 3, 4, and the soulless Nispel remake.

    TNG definately hits the bottom of the list. Leatherface looked like a homicidal cast member of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

  • Uncle Creepy

    It gets no worse than TCM: TNG for me. Bad acting, ludicrous sub-plots, an over all incoherent mess of a storyline, and the family weren’t even cannibals. The film’s sole saving grace was McConaughey’s scenery chewing blunder of a performance and that was good for every wrong reason imaginable.

    True, The Beginning wasn’t exactly a sterling example of a fine film. It was nothing but a joyless by-the-book Chainsaw flick that brought NOTHING new to the table. But at the very least it attempted to fit into the mythos and be something more than just watchable. Sure it failed but it tried.

    Yet in comparison to TNG, in my opinion, it’s damned near Oscar worthy! LOL

  • mansuave

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that digs TCM: TNG. I think it’s loopy, fun, and a lot smarter than people give it credit for. I’ve seen it several times (own the uncut Canadian DVD), and the more I watch, the more I pull from it. McConaughey’s character is a total nozzle, sure, but that’s the point — this particular section of the family is just awful at creating scary situations, because they’re too dysfunctional — Vilmer isn’t scary, he’s just a bully, and a particularly lame one, with his tantrums and such.

    I don’t know. I really dig TNG. Miles better than the remake or THE BEGINNING.

  • Justin Warren

    I lightly disagree with an opinion in the article. To me, film is meant to entertain, and I found nothing entertaining in TCM: The Beginning. To me, that one was the worst in the series, a really nasty, sadistic piece of film with no resolution redeeming value.

    TCM: TNG, although it’s obviously a terrible film, is a film that to me is one of the best “so-bad-it’s good” films there is. The inane, hilarious dialogue, the over-the-top characters and acting, the bizarre tangents the films goes on, all make for a great B movie experience. Though I don’t agree with Joe Bob Briggs that it’s the “best horror film of the ’90’s”, I did certainly find it enjoyable. Hell, I even own the uncut extended Japanese laserdisc of it.

  • Blockbuster

    Yeah, while TNG was the worst of the films, Matthew McConaughey was pretty bad ass in it as the alpha male. He was over the top, and that was just fun.