Lionsgate developing an eighth entry in the Saw franchise
It may seem like it has been longer than three years since there was last a SAW movie in theaters, but it was only in 2010 that SAW 3D effectively ended the long run of the series. Now, with the only horror franchise out there being PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, Lionsgate is looking into bringing back the elaborate torture horror series created by Leigh Whannell and James Wan.
Bloody Disgusting reports that the studio is not rushing SAW 8 and is rather looking for a creative and fresh way to bring the movies back to audiences. There is no word on whether this would in fact be a continuation of what had been an annual series or if this would turn out to be a reboot. With only three years since the seventh entry in the series, I think a reboot is a bit hasty, but then again THE DARK KNIGHT RISES came out last year and BATMAN VS SUPERMAN hits screens in less than two years.
Horror franchises like FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET have all tried to reboot for a new generation to less than stellar results. It remains to be seen if audiences will still flock to see SAW for an eighth time, but seeing as they do not cost a lot to produce and bring in enough box office to make it worthwhile, I would expect SAW 8 by next Halloween.