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This past weekend Texas Chainsaw 3D pulled off something nobody saw coming. With a take of $21.7 million the film managed to dethrone The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from the top of the box office charts to become the number one film in America. It was a disappointing turn of events due to the fact that the movie was critically reviled, but the situation actually gets worse: the success has already inspired development of a sequel.

Deadline has learned that Millennium Films has already begun work on a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D, which, for some mysterious and completely illogical reason, is now being referred to as Texas Chainsaw 4. Carl Mazzocone, Mark Burg, Avi Lerner, Tobe Hooper, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Danny Dimbort, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell are all set to produce the next film and are planning to get production going later this year down in Louisiana. While John Luessenhop directed the most recent installment of the franchise, the site makes no mention regarding whether or not he will return to direct the sequel.

The worst part about this? You can't really blame the studio. After all, they're just trying to give audiences what they want, and last weekend people voted with their dollar for more Texas Chainsaw movies. It's horrible that mainstream horror has been reduced to nothing but remakes and possession and found footage movies, but what do you expect when audiences keep paying to go see them? We can all hope that the next film will actually be a worthy follow-up to Tobe Hooper's original classic, but thinking about Marcus Nispel's remake, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and now Texas Chainsaw 3D I find it really hard to believe that will actually happen.