The streaming giant has secured the rights to the forthcoming sequel to the 1974 provocative horror slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

We’ve known for a while that Legendary has been working on a belated sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 slasher classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the film has now found a home at Netflix.

Legendary acquired the rights to the property back in 2017 and completed production back in March of this year. It has previously been announced that the film will take a similar approach to the recent Blumhouse Halloween sequels, effectively ignoring all of the sequels in favour of a belated follow-up that picks up from the original, decades later.

With Lionsgate’s previous entry in the series, 2017’s Leatherface, struggling heavily both critically and commercially, it’s easy to see why Legendary might, in the midst of the current global situation, have been tempted by the security of a Netflix release. After all, the streaming platform’s purchase of the film is sure to guarantee a financial return that a mercurial box office climate simply can’t, given the ongoing unpredictability caused by the pandemic.

Netflix has stated that it aims to ‘“bring the most notorious horror franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced to the world”.

No release date has yet been set for us to see the film and judge whether the latest entry in the series has achieved that lofty aim. We’ll let you know though, as soon as we hear when the film will arrive on the platform.

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