October 9, 2009 The producers of the "Saw" franchise are taking on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- in 3D!
So says Variety:
Twisted Pictures is becoming the house of multiple sharp objects. The makers of the "Saw" series are closing a deal to take over the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise, putting the villains Leatherface and Jigsaw under one roof.
Sources said the producer/financier is in talks to partner in the films with Lionsgate, which has distributed all the pics in the highly profitable "Saw" series, including the Oct. 23 release of "Saw VI."
The plan is to contemporize the storyline for a 3D film that would be scripted by Stephen Susco ("The Grudge"). Carl Mazzocone, Mark Burg and Oren Koules will be the producers.
The series had been launched at New Line with a remake and a prequel produced by Platinum Dunes, the genre company run by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
Deals had been made on a per-pic basis with "Chainsaw" rights-holders Bob Kuhn and Kim Henkel, the latter of whom wrote the original 1974 pic with director Tobe Hooper. Talks fell apart with Platinum Dunes. The Twisted Pictures deal is for multiple films, sources said.
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