Lionsgate's Saw VII Retitled to 'Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive'
Here we go again. Lionsgate has officially retitled Saw VII, the seventh film in the horror franchise started by James Wan and Leigh Whannell in 2004, to Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive. STYD confirmed the title change and even got to speak with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, who explained the reason for the new name (although I think we already know why). "The Traps Come Alive" is just a tagline. "It's a tagline that was added in and misinterpreted… One of the things we talked about, [especially shooting in 3D], the traps really do come alive and we wanted that clear in the campaign. But the title of the film is Saw 3D."
Saw VII, or just Saw 3D, or Saw 7, or Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive, or whatever you want to call it, is a significant sequel in that it's the first film shot in 3D in this franchise, it picks up exactly where part six left off and will supposedly answer most remaining questions, and it also marks the return of Cary Elwes, who infamously starred in the first film. "Saw 3D is Saw on steroids," Burg says. "It's that good. I don't want to over-hype it, but it takes Saw to the next level. [Kevin] Greutert is the most talented of the Saw directors we've worked with." Well okay, but will that actually make any difference or will fans still write this one off?
"The only reason there is a tagline, is we didn't want to confuse people and make them think we re-did the original Saw in 3D. This is brand-new 3D technology. We talked about shooting six and then converting it in 3D, but we didn't like the quality of it," Burg says. So we know they are at least thinking about quality when it comes to the 3D. I used to enjoy this franchise, I would hit the midnight show every year, but after last year's Saw, I kind of lost interest. I don't want to see another one using 3D as a gimmick in the worst of ways. I guess I'll just hope for the best. Stay tuned for any updates on Saw 3D from Comic-Con and beyond.