It's not often that a horror franchise flick that proclaims it's the "final chapter"actually ends the series. That's how we saw 3 more Freddy movies after FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE. Hell, FRIDAY THE 13TH has had two final chapters and is still going strong.
But after SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER closed in 2010, scarcely a rumble was heard. Due to its decent but underwhelming box office and, let's be frank, sub-par quality, it actually seemed to be a possibility that the franchise would finally be cut off at the ankle, so to speak.
However, today's announcement proves that there's still blood to squeeze from this IP. Writing partners Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger (SORORITY ROW, PIRANHA 3D) are signed on to pen the eighth film in the franchise, currently titled SAW: LEGACY.
Executive produced by original screenwriter and director Leigh Whannell and James Wan (returning to the series for the first time since the original), SAW: LEGACY will presumably continue the exploits of famed serial killer Jigsaw's seemingly endless array of minions. Details are very thoroughly under wraps, but as soon as we get them, you'll be the first to know!
Now that our filmmaking culture has shifted comfortably away from the torture porn genre (which the sequels certainly fall under, even if the original doesn't quite fit the bill), it will be interesting to see how this eighth SAW is received. The franchise still has its fair share of die hard fans who love to pore over the intricately linked plots and characters that the films are known for, so it should do well, but are we really ready to play another game?
Time will tell, but right now all I can say is that, SAW 3D or no SAW 3D, I'm pretty excited to hear that this long-dormant franchise is finally revving up once more.