Following the opening weekend success of Texas Chainsaw 3D, Millenium Films has announced that it is moving forward with the production of Texas Chainsaw 4. The new installment is scheduled to begin production later this year in Louisiana.
Texas Chainsaw 3D producer Carl Mazzocone will be returning for the new film, as well executive producers Mark Burg, Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell. They will be joined by Tobe Hooper, who wrote and directed the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Expendables 2 producers John Thompson and Trevor Short.
Texas Chainsaw 3D had a surprisingly successful opening weekend in the box office, taking the top position with an estimated $23.1 million in ticket sales. It was predicted that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, or Django Unchained would take number one. The latter took second place ($20 million), The Hobbit came in third ($17 million), and Les Miserables placed fourth ($16 million).
Millenium Films chairman Avi Lerner said, “Lati and Christa brought the idea of this franchise to us. They were certain of the audience appeal, so we signed on. And it turns out they were right. It was a bloody good decision. Lionsgate agreed to distribute the film in the US, and did a fantastic job.”
Texas Chainsaw 4 is the eighth film in the overall franchise and the second sequel and fourth film of the remake. 2006′s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, the second film in the new franchise, was a prequel to the 2003 remake.
Depending on the success of the next film, the number of 21st century Texas Chainsaw Massacre films may end up exceeding the original.