After the announcement earlier today that a sequel was already in the works to John Lussenhop’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, it has now been announced that this information was a little premature.
Bloody Disgusting got the first rumour on the sequel, and Deadline confirmed that a sequel was indeed going to happen after receiving word from Texas Chainsaw 3D producer Avi Lerner. However, it turns out that the green-light on the sequel was NOT Lerner’s decision to give.
The company behind the film, Millennium Films, whom Lerner was speaking on behalf of, does not own the rights to the franchise. These rights rest with the films producer Carl Mazzacone and Main Line Pictures Executive Producer Mark Burg. It sounds like a sequel will still probably happen, but when the time is right, and from the sounds of things, Mazzacone and Burg are pretty annoyed at Lerner’s comments.
Burg said “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 odd title of the sequel was Texas Chainsaw 4, and the news was that the film would go into production later this year. While this now sounds like it was the sound of someone getting caught up in the moment, a Millennium spokesperson said the following:
““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.”
It sounds like a bit of a mess here, and while it would appear that a sequel is in fact not going to happen just yet, there are far more intense happenings going on between Millennium Films and Burg and Mazzacone. My suggestion is to head on over to Deadline to get the full details on exactly what has been going on.