After reviving the Evil Dead franchise with a refreshing new take, Fede Álvarez is also tackling the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Alongside his writing partner Rodo Sayagues, they are attempting to reboot the entire franchise with a sequel to the original 1974 classic by Tobe Hooper. He offered some insight into their approach to the film, as well as teased with a first look at the returning Leatherface.
Me and Rodo really wanted to make sure we don’t disappoint the fans, and we are [among them]. So it’s pretty hardcore. But at the same time it has the simplicity of that first film. We wanted to come up with a very simple premise [with] a powerful domino effect. Everything is set up in the right place — all you have to do is push the first domino and everything will happen effortlessly.Fede Álvarez
He goes on to highlight that this is indeed the same character we met in the original and offers a taste of how they integrate the character into the story.
It’s basically the same character, who is still alive. Our take on it was this guy probably disappeared after everything he’s done. You know, how do you catch a guy who has a mask? Once he removes the mask and runs away, it’s very easy for him to hide somewhere. This story will pick it up many, many years after the original story. He’s been in hiding for a long, long time, trying to be a good person. These people arriving in this town are going to awaken the giant.Fede Álvarez
David Blue Garcia takes over directing duties based on a script by Chris Thomas Devlin, the upcoming sequel “takes place a long time after the original Texas Chainsaw” according to one of its stars Elsie Fisher. She’ll be joined by Sarah Yarkin, Nell Hudson, and Jacob Latimore who end up playing the group that ends up in this horror sequel. It’ll be interesting to see if the film will manage to achieve what it sets out once it releases on February 18th.