[SXSW ’14] Leigh Whannell Gives Quick Updates On ‘Insidious 3’ and ‘Saw 8’!


I just wanted to drop a quick note here from SXSW to update you guys on a few projects from writer/actor Leigh Whannell. But first – I want to tell you a bit about The Mule. It’s a film that Whannell co-wrote with Angus Sampson (you may remember him as Tucker from Insidious), who co-directed the piece with Tony Mahoney. Whannell and Sampson also star in the film, and their performances are both quite strong (and tonally miles away from their work in the Insidious franchise).

I’ll have a full review of the film up later this week (as well as the full interview from which these quotes were pulled). While the film about a reluctant drug mule isn’t horror – it most certainly requires a strong stomach. It’s funny, disgusting, violent and surprisingly poignant. It goes a lot deeper than you might expect.

So the deal here is… you guys are only allowed to read this update below if you promise to come back later for the full interview about The Mule (and read my review). Got it? It’s tit for tat don’t let me down guys.

What can you tell us about Insidious 3? Jason Blum said the script was done. “What did he tell you?

He doesn’t say much!”I can say that it’s not dealing with Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson’s characters anymore. We thought it would be best to wipe the slate clean and tell a new story. But Lin Shaye will be back and we will be back. It actually felt a lot like writing the first one because you’re dealing with new characters. You don’t have to follow the throughline of the others, it’s a fresh start. It doesn’t follow the ending of the second one.

And then – “You want to know about ‘Saw 8‘! I’ve seen a lot of tweets about it. But I haven’t heard anything more about it yet. I don’t think they’re about to go into production on it quite yet, Lionsgate would let me know.

There you have it. Saw 8 (which we reported on last year) doesn’t seem to be off the table in any way, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime this year.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    I, WalkWithMeInDarkness, do hereby solemnly swear that I will come back and read Evan’s full interview and review for The Mule. I said this on Shock Till You Drop, I hope Insidious 3 is closer in tone and execution to the first movie. The second one just didn’t work for me the way the first one did.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    I’ll pass on Saw 8. I stuck around for all seven films, but that series was on life support after Saw V.

    Insidious 3? I’m glad they’re moving the story in another direction. You can only do so much with EVERYTHING centered around The Lambert family before you reach a “too stale” point. Although, I wasn’t a fan of Insidious 2. Too hokey and borderline ridiculous (i.e. the picture above this article) 85% of the time, and the “jump scares” were so lame.

  • ThunderDragoon

    It doesn’t follow the ending of the second one? Then why did they film that ending?! They should’ve just left it where the family was safe and end it right there if they weren’t going to continue where it ended. I was really excited to see that creepy demon again. Oh well. Hopefully Insidious 3 is creepy like the first one and not over the top like the second one was.

    As for Saw 8, is there really even any talk about it at the studio? The only way I would be interested in it is if Hoffman is dead. But I don’t really see where they would go with the story because John and Amanda are dead. I guess they would continue with Dr. Gordon? Maybe it’s time for a reboot. Never thought I’d say that about a franchise that’s only 10 years old. I guess I just feel that all the story has already been told and wrapped up, especially since it’s been 4 years since the previous one and most of the public probably aren’t aware of or interested in the franchise anymore.

    Well, I’d watch it, but I really don’t see where they could go with it. That’s all I’m saying. Maybe somebody in the higher ups has a good idea of how a sequel would play out. We’ll just have to wait and see.