It’s been a little while since there was any news about the new Saw film from Lionsgate, but it looks as though a big piece of information might have been leaked: the names of the directors.
Bloody Disgusting reported a spot by a Reddit user on an Ontario Media Development Corporation report (yep, bit of a rabbit hole there), which stated that Peter and Michael Spierig would be directing a Lionsgate film called Legacy, which is the tentative subheading for the latest Saw movie. It also includes the names of Saw franchise producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg, so there’s not too much distance between those two dots.
There’s been no official confirmation from Lionsgate and it’s entirely possible that this is all untrue, but the duo would be an interesting choice for the franchise. Their vampire movie Daybreakers (starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill) was stylish, gory and definitely underrated (OK, not perfect, nobody’s saying perfect), and we loved their brilliant sci-fi Predestination, which featured a star-making performance from Sarah Snook.
They’re currently attached to direct Winchester, a supernatural thriller based on the famous Winchester Mystery House, with Helen Mirren reportedly in talks to star. The plan for Saw: Legacy is reportedly (yes, a lot of reportedly in this article) to shoot from September to October, so it’s unclear if and how it would impact Winchester (although Saw movies are notoriously quick to shoot…).
BD also notes that the Spierigs have a relationship with Lionsgate, as the studio distributed their 2003 debut Undead and Daybreakers.
If this rumour turns out to be true, we’ll be happy. The Spierigs are filmmakers with a great sense of style who seem to be getting better with each consecutive film. If we’re going to go back to Saw, we’d prefer it to be in the hands of directors like them. Or Kevin Greutert. Because Saw VI is still brilliant.
Saw: Legacy is being written by Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD‘s Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, while franchise parents James Wan and Leigh Whannell will executive produce.
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