Lionsgate is set to revive the “Saw” franchise with writer Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.
According to The Tracking Board, sources claim the film is titled “Saw: Legacy” and will serve as the eighth proper installment in the popular horror franchise. James Wan, the director of the original “Saw,” as well as screenwriter Leigh Whannell, are on board as executive producers.
Writers Stolberg and Goldfinger already have the horror pedigree having penned “Sorority Row,” “Piranha 3D,” and “Piranha 3DD.”
It has been six years since “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” which seemed the closing the book on the saga of Jigsaw and his merry band of serial killers, but like “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare,” and “The Final Destination” before it, those movie titles turned out to be a lie.
In 2004, the first “Saw,” premiered at Sundance Film Festival directed by Wan and written by Whannell. What began as a low budget indie horror flick became a cultural phenomenon, and the two continued to work together as producers on the six “Saw” sequels while creating another highly successful horror movie franchise, “Insidious.”
Wan has gone on to direct international blockbusters like “Furious 7” and “The Conjuring” in recent years. Wan has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors with “The Conjuring 2” this year and the upcoming comic book pic “Aquaman” on the horizon.
The movies became known as “torture porn” due to their graphic content and gratuitous B-movie bloodshed about a serial killer named Jigsaw who put people through a series of grizzly games that ultimately ended in a horrific death.
Critics were not impressed by the films, but audiences swarmed with the movies grossing nearly $875 million (AU$123 million) worldwide.
Dark Horizons reports that over the course of 12 years, the studio cranked out seven sequels targeting the franchise’s cult fanbase.
After the release of the final movie in 2010, “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter,” producer Mark Burg said it would likely be the last. 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.