Inside tandem Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have been hard at work on their Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, one that will tell the origin story of an iconic cinematic monster, Leatherface. It’s kind of a big deal, too, because Maury and Bustillo’s film isn’t about the mask, it’s about the man under it and the boy that would eventually become it.
I tend to lean on the side of not wanting to know every little thing about our movie’s monsters, the mystery behind them is an important piece to making them scary. That said, when a franchise has been around since the mid 70s, maybe a new take on the character is exactly what it needs. And in the hands of two brilliantly twisted minds like Maury and Bustillo, I’d say there’s plenty to be excited about.
But a film like Leatherface, despite the talent behind the camera, can only go as far as its star takes it. That’s why todays news is pretty big, as EastEnders’ Sam Strike is reportedly in talks to lead the film as the titular psychopath. While Strike is a mostly unknown actor, Maury and Bustillo have an eye for talent and I’m excited to see how Strike approaches such an iconic character.
The film takes place in the 1970s and will see Strike play Jackson, the teenager who grows up to be Leatherface. My only hope is that Millennium Films uses this as an opportunity to get the franchise back on track. Don’t abandon the story that Maury and Bustillo are setting up because they’re giving Leatherface a clean slate here, one that could do wonders for this franchise.
Source: The Wrap