There was old saying, back in the glory days of grindhouse films and low-budget slashers: “When the gore stops flowing, viewers stop showing”.
The now infamous Saw horror franchises obviously took this saying to heart, when they ran their 6 sequels to create a run-away horror mega-hit that finally went out with more of a whimper rather than a bang, with Saw 7. However, there is a bit of good news to share with all our gorror readers, as Saw Legacy was recently announced to have moved out of development hell and into production, backed by a very peculiar writing team…
We don’t know much about the specifics of the film so far, but we are almost certain that the notorious trapmaster Jigsaw will make one of his signature supervillain-style comebacks from beyond the grave. While we do not know if Tobin Bell is going to be reprising his role in any major capacity, he can certainly afford another plot-specific cameo. Especially since the development team will be working on a script co-written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, who bad movie connoisseurs will know as the writing team behind Piranhas 3d as well as horror bildungsroman Sorority Row.
James Wan and Leigh Wannell, the people behind the first Saw film will not be directly involved in the film’s development. However, we are assuming that Wan will remain firmly entrenched behind the scenes as a producer, while he will be wrapping up production of his latest horror film, The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, which will hit theaters on June 10th. We are assuming that Wannell is content to rest on his laurels after his directorial/writing/starring debut in Insidious Chapter 3.
Josh Stolberg is perhaps the more experienced of the two writers, with his previous writing experience involving the Dane Cook comedy Good Luck Chuck, as well as directorial and writing credits in the indie films Conception and Crawlspace. We are crossing our fingers and hoping that the newest installment in this long horror franchise will perhaps head full-speed into gore territory and perhaps attempt to do away with the overly convoluted plot that has weighted it down for way too long. If anything, Saw Legacy should stick to the tradition of low-cost, high-reward splatterefests, especially considering that with a mere 64 million dollar budget, all seven movies garnered 873 million dollars worldwide, proving the old adage mentioned above true once and for all.
But on the off-chance that anyone in the development team is reading this, please make Jigsaw a tiny doll-like cyborg in space. Hell, it worked for Jason Voorhees!