Lionsgate's Saw Series Finally Ending at Saw VII This Year?
Now this is an interesting update, mainly because the quotes are a bit old, but it's big news we missed. I'm a fan of the Saw series and still attend the midnight of every new one every year, but I admit that its run out of steam, and at this point I'm pretty much done with it. But as always, Lionsgate presses on, and Saw VII is in the works as we speak. When will it ever end? Latino Review published a transcript from an interview conducted on 107.5 Demon FM in the UK (listen here) with Saw VII writer Patrick Melton. It's a couple months old, but he says some interesting stuff about where this series is headed and how soon it may end.
Here's what we do know: Saw VII (being directed again by Kevin Greutert) is coming in 3D (first confirmed last July) on October 22nd this year. Last year we reported on a story where Tobin Bell confirmed that Saw VIII (or Saw 8) would be the final film. But since Saw VI didn't do as well ($28 million), apparently they're trying to wrap everything up in this one final movie. Here's what Melton says about their current plans:
"I have a very strong feeling its going to end with Saw VII. That's something we're debating now… But frankly because Saw VI hasn't performed as well as we anticipated, the idea is well why make two movies when we can make one really excellent movie that wraps up as best we can? And it's going to be in 3-D which sort of adds to the spectacle. So if you had to ask me, I don't own the franchise, nor do I run the studio, but I have a feeling, a strong feeling that it's going to be Saw VII which will be also known as Endgame."
This hasn't been confirmed by Lionsgate yet, but it sounds like we're going to finally see the legendary Saw: Endgame this October. Melton says later on, as well, that "at this point everyone is very focused on making Saw VII and seeing if we can make this sort of the grand finale." Although this interview was recorded about three months ago, it seems like that's still the direction they're headed in. Hopefully Lionsgate agreed as well, that way they could work on a script and start shooting early enough to get this done by that October 22nd release date. But how many leftover questions from the Saw series will this Saw: Endgame answer?
"I can't say anything official yet, but I think the thought around the camp is that let's solve all questions by the end. Including that question. We wanted to resolve that because it is the 700 pound gorilla in the room… with a vague end in sight as most people have had, its sort of been been pushed off… But it seems that right now the thought is to answer that question and wrap everything up in a wonderful nice package."
With a pretty bow, too? The question he's talking about is the ever-so-important question of what ever happened to Dr. Gordon (played by Cary Elwes in the very first Saw). Melton gives a lot of "we'll certainly find out sooner than later" kind of answers to most of the question that the interviewer asks about, since apparently there are hordes of Saw fans who are dying to have every question answered sooner or later (or they'll probably go all Saw like on all the creators!). I have to admit that I'd like to see this series wrap up sooner than later, too. Without Jigsaw around anymore it's kind of lost its touch. And I don't want to see it in 3-D next either, but oh well. This used to be a great franchise but now it's time for them to finish it up.
Although I know there aren't too many Saw fans left (and if there are, they don't read this site), we'll still keep you updated on Lionsgate's plans for Saw VII (and the series). They already got a little territorial and yanked back Greutert after Paramount tried to get him to direct Paranormal Activity 2. Let's just hope this final Saw: Endgame movie is actually as good as Melton is saying - I don't want to be let down. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
I am a huge fan of the Saw series. I know a lot of people like to attack it but I don't care. The only rubbish installment in the franchise is the game. I really needed the answer to that question a few films ago. I wonder if Cary Ewles and Lionsgate have resolved there issues or whether the creators are just going to cop out. here's hoping.
Link1983 on Feb 9, 2010
ya know i was going to say "THERE IS A GOD!" but thinking about it... if there was a god he would have ended it after saw 3
DoomCanoe on Feb 9, 2010
I am also a huge fan and was dissapointed when the whole 3D bull came of light, but oh well, it has to be better than "The Final Destination." Maybe they will SHOOT the film in 3D ( a la Avatar) rather than convert it (a la Clash of the Titans). I have seen every Saw film opening weekend and am looking forward to the conclusion of it all. I don;t think my wife wants to see another seven.
Big Red Moose on Feb 9, 2010
The Saw franchise is one of my favorite horror franchises ever. But, every great story must come to an end, and I think it'd be smart to end the series with VII. The past few movies (mainly 4-6) have just been stretching the story so thin that they're losing the spirit of the original Saw. It's time to wrap up the series and give Jigsaw an official burial. As for the 3D, I could care less. Once when I'm 20 minutes into a 3D movie, it all looks just like a 2D movie because I get so into the story and barely notice the 3D. I hope this Halloween, the studio continues with Saw: Endgame and that it blows my mind, and makes up for the recent "movies" in the franchise.
Ben on Feb 9, 2010
Its about time. I liked the first one, i found it actually kind of refreshing and original, for its time. It should have ended with that. The success of the first one spawned an entire generation, well a ten year stretch or so, of "torture porn" films. Without the first Saw, the godawful Hostel movies wouldn't have been made. Time to give it a rest.
Mike on Feb 9, 2010
I'm a huge fan of the saw series, and its a shame that Saw 6 didnt do that good considering, it was my second favorite movie in the series.
Chase on Feb 9, 2010
I'll believe it when I see it...when another Halloween comes and there's no saw movie out, then...maybe then I'll possibly believe it. Other than that this is another marketing scheme to get people in the theaters to see a p.o.s. on the screen. Although if your out on a date and Saw gets you laid that night...then maybe it was worth the money.
Marqwest on Feb 9, 2010
@2 If there was a god there would be no holocaust Anyway, I dont think they cant end it with one more movie. They put too much on their plate. They cant finish it all in one bite. They have to take their time to chew and swallow.
Daniel Felts on Feb 9, 2010
I smell bullshit
wm on Feb 9, 2010
I've always been a defender of the series, all though there isn't anything like the first one. Anyway, its a little sad, the yearly installments were comforting, at least in the fact that there was one consistent thing (cinema wise) for nearly a decade. No worries though, the reboot is no later than 5 years away, I mean seriously, this was the most successful horror franchise (before the awful Friday The 13th remake)
Al on Feb 9, 2010
No!!! This is horrible news for me. Saw VI was my favorite installment and I really wish it had done better so that they weren't considering ending the franchise now, and in 3D I might add. 3D sucks.
Peace Love & Gaga (aka guh) on Feb 11, 2010
id like their to be a saw 8 but if they can someow find a way to make a mind blowing movie out of saw 7 im cool with that but heres what id like to see if their not going to make a saw 8 they could atleast extend the length of the movie just to kind of resolve everything and make sure they do it well so some where between 2 and a half hours to 2 hours and 45 minutes but if their going to do this they need to make sure they can keep the audience into the movie which im sure theyll be able to do because everbody wants to know all the unanswered questions even i do so im sure theyll be able to do it i just hope when its done its done and if the final film makes like 2 to 3 hundred million even more that lionsgate doesnt just go like well maybe they want more sad thing is id probably go see it to because i like saw that much
Matt on Feb 11, 2010
I am a huge fan of the Saw series, but it's probably best that they end it now. I've been able to keep up with the storyline quite well, but other people have not. I think Saw VI didn't do so well because Paranormal Activity was just so new, and it looked scary, so that's what people went to see. After all, everyone thinks that all that Saw is, is blood and gore, which is half true, but like I said, I just like the storyline, could honestly care less about the grizzlyness. But, Im hoping this is the last one, (not because Im tired of it, but because there aren't many more places for the story to go) and I have a feeling it will be one of the best.
Kaitlyn on Apr 5, 2010
y dont u release ur films in INDIA!!!!
shubham on Oct 29, 2010
i dont want saw to end but if it does then there will have to be a saw 8 and dr.gordan actually dies otherwise the films cant end coz jigsaw isnt dead
michael on Nov 4, 2010
Tomara que tenha o saw 8, até porque, a mensagem repassada em relação à morte intensifica-se cada vez mais... alguns não gostaram da continuação, mas é poruqe talvez não entenderam a história que é impressionante... a vida deve ser valorizada!!!
William on Jan 4, 2011
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