The first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, released in 1974, is regarded as a classic of the horror genre. The remake, released in 2003 by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes studio, has a 36% Rotten Tomatoes rating; the sequel, released in 2006, sits at 12%. Since they were apparently never told to leave well enough alone, though, Platinum Dunes is planning another sequel, and may have found a director bold enough to take it on.

According to Bloody Disgusting, John Luessenhop is in talks to direct Leatherface 3D, which would in fact be another sequel to the 2003 remake, but would pick up immediately where the original 70s film left off. Confused yet? Yeah, me too. Luessenhop last made 2010's heist drama Takers, and his last directorial credit before that was 2000's Lockdown; I can't be the only one now very curious about how he spent the intervening 10 years. According to another story at Bloody Disgusting Kirsten Elms has been brought on to tweak the script, under Luessenhop's supervision, that was written by Debra Sullivan, Adam Marcus and Stephen Susco.

The only thing not explained by this news is exactly who the audience for this will be-- horror fans who don't care what kind of dreck they see? Teenagers who don't know any better? Making 30-years-later takes on the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre hasn't worked that well twice now, so where is the evidence that they'll succeed this time? Call me negative, but I'm just not seeing the appeal here.

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