One of the more curious horror franchise offerings on the horizon is Leatherface, the upcoming prequel to the Texas Chainsaw franchise which ignores the previous Platinum Dunes prequel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) as well as last 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D. The first official poster for Leatherface teases the beginning of the masked killer’s reign of terror, though the film is still without a release date.


What makes this particular franchise installment intriguing is the involvement of French directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, known for the terrifying home invasion film Inside and the still-unreleased fantasy horror flick Livid. Maury and Bustillo have proved themselves as directors with very strong, brutal perspectives in the horror genre, and while the idea of yet another installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise (and yet another one that seems to ignore its predecessors) hardly seems very exciting, we can’t help but be interested with these two behind the camera.

Leatherface takes us back to the 1970s to explore the origin story of the titular villain, and centers on a young boy who breaks out of a mental institution and escapes with some fellow patients, with a sinister sheriff in pursuit. It was previously reported that the film would also serve as a sort of mystery, as it’s unclear which of the escaped boys eventually becomes the notorious fictional killer.

Leatherface stars Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike and Vanessa Grasse, and is slated for a release sometime in 2016.