Originally, a plan for a new trilogy was pitched. The films would be released out of chronological order, with the second film coming out first and being set almost entirely in a hospital. The next film would be a prequel explaining the events that led up to the hospital scenario. The third film would complete the storyline. Fearing it was too ambitious and risky, the producers opted for a follow up to the original instead.
Has the distinction of featuring a total three different actors portraying Leatherface: Gunnar Hansen as the one from the archive footage, Sam McKinzie as a young Leatherface, and Dan Yeager as the main one.
When Heather looks at the list of bodies found in and around the Sawyer farmhouse, later in the film, the name 'Bubba Sawyer' is listed with his age being 17, meaning he is the Hitchhiker killed by the truck. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) listed Leatherface's real name as 'Bubba Sawyer'. As well as that, two names list 'John Doe' and one 'Jane Doe' which reference the cannibalized remains of 'Pam', 'Kirk' and 'Jerry' from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
In 2007, Platinum Dunes announced they were abandoning the series following The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. In 2009, Twisted Pictures negotiated a multi-picture deal with Bob Kuhn and Kim Henkel, who own the rights to the series.
Marilyn Burns, who played Sally Hardesty in the original film, plays Verna in this. This film and Butcher Boys (2012) were Marilyn's first movie roles in 28 years (excluding an uncredited Cameo in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation).
Gunnar Hansen, who portrayed Leatherface in the 1974 film, portrays a relative, Boss Sawyer, in the beginning of the film. This marks the first time Hansen has returned to the series since the initial film. In interviews, Hansen has said that he has been approached before but was never offered a salary that would entice him to return.
Both Alexandra Daddario and Trey Songz admitted to not having seen the original film prior to the production of this film. The only films in the series Songz had seen before were the remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and it's prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).
During the carnival scene, Leatherface runs passed the attraction "Carnival Of Horrors", where we see a person run out wearing the notorious pig Mask and cloak that the character of "Jigsaw" wore in the "SAW" franchise.
Aside from the Sawyer family and Verna Carson, the only characters in the body count that Leatherface didn't kill are Ryan and Nikki. Nikki is accidentally killed by Officer Marvin and Ryan is decapitated by the car crash (which was caused by Leatherface slashing the tires).
Not counting the archive footage, the body count is 13 - Drayton Sawyer, Grandpa Sawyer, Loretta Sawyer, Boss Sawyer, Bear Sawyer, Darryl, Ryan, Kenny, Nikki, Officer Ollie, Officer Marvin, Mayor Hartmann, and Verna Carson who died of old age.