New 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' TV Show and Movies May Come From Legendary Entertainment

Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." The Cannon Group

Legendary Entertainment is reportedly in talks to secure rights to the Texas Chain Saw Massacre from previous rightsholder Kim Henkel, who produced and co-wrote 1974's Texas Chain Saw Massacre with director Tobe Hooper.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Legendary plans to develop both new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and a television series (the article also notes "With or without Legendary, a series and more films are inevitable").

Owned by Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate which also owns AMC Theaters, Legendary's substantial capital and string of big-budget movies—Skyscraper, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pacific Rim, Warcraft, the Godzilla series—suggests a higher profile for a series whose most recent entry was a DirecTV exclusive.

But it's possible Legendary has even bigger, sillier aspirations for the series. As Bloody Disgusting points out, Legendary and Warner Bros. are currently hashing out the terms of a new distribution deal. Warner Bros. also hold the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street and might also soon own Friday the 13th, depending on the outcome of a lawsuit brought by original Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller. You can see where this is going.

All three series have certainly had worse entries than 2003's Freddy vs. Jason, which treats Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees like WWE heels, but the Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe always felt too grungy (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 excepting) for the franchise treatment. If Legendary is trying out movies and a TV series, perhaps similar in nature to Scream, then why dilute the Sawyer family by crossing over with similarly moribund brand names?

Still, it's been almost a decade since the last attempt to remake Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and none of these big three slasher series will be allowed to lie dormant forever. Texas Chainsaw Massacre will return, maybe bigger than ever if Legendary has anything to say about it. You can hear Leatherface's chainsaw revving up already.