Robopocalypse isn't the only big Hollywood movie that's having the brakes put on.
Just a little while after revealing that the next Steven Spielberg sci-fi action blockbuster won't happen this year, Deadline is reporting that the proposed sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D - which was "announced" just yesterday - may not actually happen. While the site had learned from producer Avi Lerner that the project was a go, apparently "the green light wasn’t Avi’s to give" and the truth is that no progress has yet been made on a follow-up.
Apparently the issue is that Lerner was speaking on behalf of Millennium Films, but the fact of the matter is that the company doesn't actually own the rights to the franchise. Instead, they belong to producer Carl Mazzocone and Main Line Pictures. Executive Producer Mark Burg told the site, "“Millennium simply sold the foreign rights and they will not tell us when a sequel is ready to be made. The script was developed by Carl, myself and writer/director John Luessenhop. Millennium and about ten producers came aboard only when we needed their check. Maybe they’re looking for something to sell at Berlin, but they have no right to announce this sequel and if we make another it has to be as good or better than this one and that takes time." The first report said that they were going to get a sequel in development this year and start production in Louisiana in the fall.
Responding to the situation, a spokesperson for Millennium said, "“I understand all this wrestling about credit, but you show me a producer who’ll turn down the cash they need to do a sequel, and I will fall off my chair. Without us, that movie would not have gotten made."
I actually recommend heading over to Deadline and reading their full storyt, as it sounds like there is some serious conflict going on behind the scenes. In addition to the comments above, Burg also apparently had a few words for Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who he says were "kissed into those credits" as executive producers and had little to do with the actual making of the movie. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops and what it means about the future of the series.
That said, do you actually want to see another entry in the Texas Chainsaw franchise, particularly if it's a sequel to the piece of crap that was released last weekend?
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