July 11, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Movie
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In Season

Has Renee Zellweger killed The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? In 1995, for a mere $1.35 million, Columbia TriStar Home Video bought theatrical and video distribution rights to the sequel, starring then unknowns Matthew McConaughey (as a homicidal maniac) and Zellweger (as his timid victim). Despite the actors’ subsequent big-screen successes in A Time to Kill and Jerry Maguire, however, the film remains on the shelf. Now producer Robert Kuhn is suing Columbia TriStar for breach of contract and fraud. Baffled that the film is still unreleased, Kuhn says, ”There has to be some other motive than the picture not being good enough.” The plaintiff suspects at least one of the actors’ agents wants the movie squelched. Though Columbia TriStar and Zellweger are keeping mum, the studio does have reason to keep her happy; it released Jerry Maguire and will handle some of the overseas distribution for her next film, A Price Below Rubies. As for McConaughey, he insists that he’s not muscling the studio. ”I had a blast making the movie right out of school,” he says. ”I cleared $300 a week on it.”

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