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It is a sequel 37 years in the making, and one that comes on the tail end of two alternate sequels and three failed attempts at rebooting the franchise.
We’re talking about Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which will receive yet another installment into its long-running horror series when Lionsgate releases The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D on Oct. 5, 2012. Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers), this sequel promises to build directly off of Hooper’s 1974 original, and even lured some key cast members back for cameos and supporting roles.
In a press release announcing casting, Lionsgate revealed that Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in Hooper’s original, will return to the franchise for a cameo. He has not been seen in any other Chainsaw film since brutally murdering innocent teenagers back in ’74. Also returning to the franchise for the first time since the initial film will be veteran “Scream Queen” Marilyn Burns (playing a new character) and John Dugan (reprising his role as Grandfather).
They aren’t the only cast members with Chainsaw roots, though. Bill Moseley, who played Choptop in Hooper’s 1983 sequel, will replace the late Jim Siedow in the role of Old Man. The Chainsaw veterans will act alongside newcomers Dan Yeager, Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Trey Songz, Keram Malicki-Sanchez and Tania Raymonde.
So how will this tie to the original? Lionsgate says Adam Marcus’s script will pick up right where the ’74 version left off, following a young woman (Daddario) who heads to Texas to collect an inheritance, only to find a family of chainsaw wielding maniacs. And it will be in 3D. And Jessica Biel is nowhere in sight. Tell me again why we want to see this?