Inspired by the success of last year’s remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the producers behind the movie are developing a prequel to the classic horror story.
“I just talked to the executive producers, and 2005 is when we’re going to shoot this thing,” Andrew Bryniarski, who played Leatherface in the remake and will return to the role for the prequel, revealed recently. “Until then, we’re going to look at script ideas and they’re looking at exactly how far to go back into a prequel story. There’s been 33 murders that have been established at the Hewitt farmhouse. You’ve only seen a few of ‘em. And there’s a lot of backstory with what caused the head-skinner to go horribly wrong.”
To pen the script, the producers hired Sheldon Turner, who wrote both the “The Amityville Horror” and “The Longest Yard” remakes in production (see “Nelly To Join Adam Sandler, Chris Rock In ‘The Longest Yard’ “ ). Turner’s story will reportedly center on sibling soldiers who cross paths with Leatherface.
Bryniarski, who was the perennial football madman (in “Necessary Roughness,” “The Program” and “Any Given Sunday”) before jumping to horror, said he signed on for the prequel after meeting with Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the 1974 original.
“He gave me his approval and said I did a great job and I’ll always be number one with him,” Bryniarski said. “I thanked him for being my hero and for letting me play his villain. And I mean it.”
Bryniarski and the film’s producers (which include “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss) believe their remake succeeded because it honored to the original characters, which the prequel will do as well.
“I was out to set those people that might’ve been naysayers straight,” Bryniarski said, “because we loved ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and we made this movie ’cause of how cool [director] Tobe Hooper and [actress] Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen are — and not because of how cool we were.”
The prequel derails any of the rumored “Leatherface vs. …” movies inspired by another 2003 horror hit, “Freddy vs. Jason,” although Bryniarski hopes one will happen eventually.
“I’ll kill ‘em all, bring ‘em on!” he said. “Michael Myers, Pinhead, whatever, Evil Ash, kill ya! No, I’m a huge fan of all of those guys. And I’d love to fight Jason in a movie. I’d love to play Jason in a movie.” (Do you think Leatherface could kill ‘em all? Vote in MTVNews.com’s Tournament of Terror .)
Since starring in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Bryniarski has produced and starred in two horror movies, “Bloodline: The Legend of El Charro” and the just-completed “Treasure of the Seven Mummies.”
The latter, co-directed by video director Nick Quested (Brandy, Uncle Kracker), stars rapper Noreaga, along with Danny Trejo (“XXX”) and Cerina Vincent (“Cabin Fever”).
“It’s about some convicts who get lost in the desert and they have an accident and they find themselves free,” Bryniarski explained. “They run across an old ghost town in the middle of nowhere and things start to go supernatural and terribly wrong.”
Both films will likely be released on video later this year. Bryniarski, meanwhile, has been busy with his charity, Guitars4Kids.com.
“Basically, I get a rock stars to give me their guitars and I get them to sign it and we put it on a private eBay auction on our site,” he said. “One hundred percent of the money goes to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where kids are very sick and people take care of those kids and do the best they can.”
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