Everyone knows Platinum Dunes was the driving force behind 2003's Marcus Nispel directed remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (as well as its 2006 prequel), but what you might not have realized is that the studio had only signed with the film's original rights holders on a picture-by-picture basis. And now that Platinum Dunes has moved on to Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, their interest in 'ole Leatherface has waned. Enter Twisted Pictures, the company best known for milking the blood drenched bones of the Saw franchise, who have now acquired the rights to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre family.

Now say what you will about Platinum Dunes two at-bats with the cannibalistic inbred Hewitt family - I actually think Nispel's film is one of the more respectful remakes of the new wave of Hollywood's catalog digging - but at least Michael Bay's company kept the film in its 1970s setting. Twisted Pictures, according to Variety, plan to not only bring the Hewitt clan to the present day, but they're going to bring all the meat-hook slamming, skin-wearing, chainsaw-revving imagery into the third dimension to boot.

Ah, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 3D, just what no one asked for... But the grand news doesn't stop there, this newly announced film also has a writer by way of The Grudge's Stephen Susco (though he did also Red, so I'll cut him some slack). No director has been attached yet, but here's hoping that the fledgling studio brings in someone outside of their revolving Saw repertoire, because I won't be able to take Leatherface seriously if he's lit like a sewer and the camera won't stop spinning.

Personally, I'm not all that on board with the idea, but hopefully others are, because unlike the deal Bub Kuhn and original screenwriter Kim Henkel made with Platinum Dunes, Twisted Pictures has actually signed a multi-picture deal this time around.
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