Of all the horror classics that have been the victim of multiple sequels, reboots and other indignities, Texas Chainsaw Massacre has gotten off relatively light...well...kinda.
In 2006, the first Texas Chainsaw prequel was released - and totally flopped. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award in 2006 in the category "Worst Prequel or Sequel."
The horror rumor mill on the new prequel started running back in July, but now, they've bagged a writer - Seth M. Sherwood (who has written some TV episodes, and a short film) is confirmed to write the story of Leatherface's "teenage years," focusing on the shaping of a young maniac during the 1970s. The forthcoming film would be a sequel to Tobe Hooper's original classic, and a prequel to [Texas Chainsaw 3D](movie:593268)...sooo because I can count to chainsaw, that would make it a modern trilogy piggybacking off of the original and maybe we won't be seeing [Texas Chainsaw 4](movie:810864). Phew.
I know my own appetite for prequels is pretty hardcore because there are certain stories that I feel just SCREAM for an origin story. However, Leatherface's awkward stage? I'm not sure that's something I'm interested in. Will we get to see Mini-Leatherface spend his formative years murdering and torturing animals? Will we cringe as we get to be the voyeurs of teen-Leatherface's first sexual encounter which will no doubt be traumatizing and/or violent? Will we thrill as we view the monstrous things that were done to him and around him that made him into a chainsaw waving maniac with a penchant for skin-masks and meat hooks? Yeah...
Then there's the problem of casting - the casting of a young Leatherface will make, or break, this film. Since the new prequel is being produced by Lionsgate, there should be room in the budget for a decent cast - this ain't no Kickstarter film.
Evan Peters - A staple on [American Horror Story](series:206668), Peters definitely has the horror background we're looking for, and a proven ability to drop the crazy with very little provocation. Although, he's getting a little...old...
Daeg Faerch - While not everyone may have loved Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, I did. I also loved Daeg Faerch and his crazy petulant face. His performance was utterly disturbing, and he's grown into a creepy looking young man to boot.
Valter Skarsgård - The youngest in a long line of actors who have a taste for horror, 17 year-old Valter is working his way through appearances in TV movies and series' in his native Sweden. Next stop, horror?
David Dorfman - Now this kid has some horror background. Dorfman was Jedidiah in the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot, and he was also in The Ring...and although Dorfman hasn't appeared done any film work since 2010, it might be time for him to head back to Texas.
Paul Dano - An unknown when he was cast in Little Miss Sunshine way back in the day, Dano is everywhere now. He has a few sci-fi and thriller titles under his belt now with roles in Looper and Prisoners, and he's also pretty damn creepy looking. It could work.
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Playing Damien in the 2006 remake of The Omen was a good place for Davey-Fitzpatrick to start...there's honestly nothing scarier than a child actor in a horror film. Now, while Dave-Fitzpatrick has been working on various projects as a younger version of a main character, it might be time for him to have some of the spotlight to himself again.
An unknown - The best thing about horror, and about prequels, is that it's possible to cast a relative unknown, or an indie darling as the face of the rebirth of a popular character without ruffling too many die-hard horror fan feathers. Fingers crossed.
YOU decide! Who would make the BEST teenaged Leatherface?