Hollywood Keeps Making Movies About Making Classic Movies (Now It's 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre's turn)

Learn how they made the ‘Citizen Kane’ of chainsaw murder movies.
Hollywood Keeps Making Movies About Making Classic Movies (Now It's 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre's turn)

While we’re all obviously still riding the collective high of Mank-fever, now we’re getting even more movies about the making of classic movies. There’s the upcoming film about The Godfather starring Oscar Isaac as Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben Affleck is directing The Big Goodbye about the production of Chinatown -- presumably, a revisionist take set in Boston and starring an anthropomorphic Dunkin' Donuts iced cappuccino instead of Jack Nicholson.

Now it’s been announced that there’s going to be a new “dark comedy” about the making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the acclaimed chainsaw-based horror movie which first introduced us to the cinematic icon/sun-dappled interpretive dance king, Leatherface.

Based on the memoir Chain Saw Confidential, penned by the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen, the new movie will supposedly “Bring to the screen all the fun, horror and craziness  from the making of the original seminal 1974 Tobe Hooper-directed horror film that cost $140,000 and grossed north of $30 million.” And it does seem like there's a lot of great material to work with. The production of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a veritable smorgasbord of insane anecdotes; from the story being inspired by a Christmas shopping trip that dovetailed into angry murder fantasies, to Hansen being forced to wear one stinky shirt throughout the entire production, to actors being cut and bleeding for real.

So don’t stop there, Hollywood. Keep giving us more movies about insane behind-the-scenes stories. How about a drama about how a coked-up Jean-Claude Van Damme torpedoed the production of Street Fighter? Or an entire prestige miniseries about the maniacs who made Predator?  

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