In 2010, the seventh Saw film, Saw 3D (also known as Saw: The Final Chapter), hit theaters, making a cool $136 million off of a $17 million budget. Despite its success, Lionsgate decided to step back from the series, a franchise which had churned out a film every year for seven years. The original film was interesting enough, but the sequels all felt like desperate attempts to continue the machinations of a villain/ anti-hero who died back in Saw III.
But in the tradition of Paramount’s relationship with the Friday the 13th franchise, Lionsgate appears to be following up “The Final Chapter” of its golden horror franchise with… another Chapter. Yes, Lionsgate is now developing an eighth Saw film, according to Bloody Disgusting.
BD also notes, though, that the film is not fast-tracked and is not being rushed; rather, the studio is taking its time with the series. There is no word on whether or not the film would be a direct sequel, a straight-up remake/reboot, or some combination of the two, in which the series continues from the continuity of the increasingly-convoluted seven films but with a new character emerging to take up the Jigsaw puzzle.
Whatever the case, it will likely be a ton of money and score fairly scathing reviews, which seems to be as much of a Saw tradition as seeing the newest sequel in theaters in October.
What do you think of the Saw news?