All it takes is one solid remake (like this one) to generate one half-hearted prequel (like this one), but now that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre property has moved over from New Line / WB / Platinum Dunes to the production company known as Twisted Pictures (creators of the Saw series) we can expect a small jolt of energy from the new producers. (I hope.) The fact that the next Chainsaw is being considered for the 3-D treatment has me feeling a little annoyed, but of course it's unfair to knock a project before it's finished. And this one's not even finished the screenplay stage.

Shock has a few words from producer Mark Burg on where he'd like to see Leatherface go for his next flick, and here's a key passage: "What we're going to do with it is bring it to 2010 ... Make it current day and come up with a new story that takes some of the basic plot points, if you will, and make it a current day movie. I don't want to make another Chainsaw in the '70s, that doesn't thrill me." Now, before you crucify the guy for daring to take the Chainsaw out of the '70s, think about it: I agree with Mr. Burg. No matter how iconic that setting is ... it's been done (and done damn well) several times already. The screenwriter on the clock is Mr. Stephen Susco, he of both American Grudge flicks and the solid indie thriller Red.

So the Platinum Dunes fellows managed to bat .500 with this legendary horror franchise. Only seems fair to give the new guys the same shot. For more on the early stages of the next Chainsaw outing, check STYD.