Netflix secures global rights to new installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Mario Fraticelli

Leatherface is heading straight to streaming.

The streaming giant Netflix has obtained the global rights to the new installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Legendary Pictures.

David Blue García directed the horror film, which was filmed last year in Bulgaria and is produced by filmmaker Fede Álvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues through content company Bad Hombre. The new installment was also supported financially by Kim Henkel, Ian Henkel and Pat Cassidy (of Exurbia Films), and Legendary Pictures.

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The original Chainsaw, released in 1974 and directed by Tobe Hooper, is ranked as one of the most influential horror films of all time. The story introduced Leatherface, a member of a family of cannibals who is a hulking figure with a deformed face, hidden by the skin of his victims. The character has been a constant in the multiple sequels, prequels, and ancillary appearances in other media.

The new film takes place years after the shocking events of the original, in a setting where Leatherface has not been heard from again. According to Netflix and Legendary, the film seeks to pick up the story where Hooper and Kim Henkel's feature originally left off, bringing the most notorious horror franchise back to life with a bold and provocative visual narrative, similar to how it was first introduced to the world.

Chris Thomas Devlin wrote the script.

The cast includes Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Sarah Yarkin (Happy Death Day 2U), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner) and Moe Dunford (Vikings).

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a franchise consisting of six films, several comics, and a video game adaptation of the original film.

Netflix and Legendary previously teamed up to premiere Enola Holmes, the intriguing adventure film starring Millie Bobby Brown. The rare film debuted in 2020 and turned out to be a hit for the streaming company. The sequel is now in development.

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