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"Chainsaw" and "Xena" movie news

January 9th, 2003

More updates on a trio of flicks, including a possible Xena motion picture and some gritty first-hand photos of the new cast of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Lucy Lawless was on a New Zealand radio talk show a short while ago and mentioned the possibility of making a Xena: Warrior Princess movie. While nothing has been confirmed, Universal has said to be the studio behind the scenes with a budget of around $55 million. Some TV series have made decent splashes onto the big screen both critically and commercially (The X-Files, Star Trek), yet most have floundered (Lost in Space, Powerpuff Girls, and most recently, The Wild Thornberrys).

This fall's remake of the immortal classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, seems to be nearly finished with production. Directed by Marcus Nispel and starring Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket, and the so-cult-it's-not-funny slapstick guilty pleasure, Hexed), the new TCM will have a heck of a time living up to the original 1974, Tobe Hooper- directed scare show, which become the staple for low-budget filmmaking and grossed over $30 mil. It's still the only film that can make me sweat from its intensity, so when the brand new version buzzes into theaters on October 17, I'll be very skeptical. (For photos, go to Dark Horizons.)

Last up is some new info on Timeline. It seems Paramount has decided on an opening date sometime between late summer and early fall. No exact day has been set.

Matthew Dalton

Source: Dark Horizons