Final chapters are never final chapters, as today’s news has made abundantly clear. We were told back in 2010 that Saw: The Final Chapter (in 3D!) would be the last movie, but the news has arrived that the traps will be set once more!
The Tracking Board reports that Sorority Row, Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD writers Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger have been hired to work on the script for a new Saw movie titled Saw: Legacy. They also claim that original duo James Wan and Leigh Whannell will executive produce.
Reports that the Saw franchise would be revived have swirled since, well, since the last film. Indeed, the site notes that talks officially began “in 2012, Wan and Whannell chimed in, saying they were willing to reboot the franchise, and they began more formal discussions of a new Saw film shortly thereafter.”
The low-budget horrors were released annually to excellent (if progressively worsening) box-office receipts and complaints about the “torture porn” sub-genre ruining horror. Now that those complaints have been levelled at Paranormal Activity-type found-found footage ghost stories for a sufficient amount of time, maybe the time is right for unnecessarily brutal clockwork torture to make its return.
Obviously it’s very early days but it’s interesting to note that Lionsgate has gone with new writers. The franchise definitely embraced using returning creatives, including director Darren Lynn Bousman (II–IV), writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (IV–3D) and Kevin Greutert (director of Saw VI and 3D and editor on every film).
We don’t know any details at the moment (including whether or not it will be a reboot or a continuation) but fingers crossed for Tobin Bell’s return, and for a film that reminds of why this franchise was better than people gave it credit for (looking at you, Saw VI) rather than a film that reminds us of how bad it could be (looking at you, Saw 3D).
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