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Is This Who is Directing the Next ‘SAW’?!

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It appears Lionsgate is ramping up to begin production on their eight SAW, which is tentatively going under the moniker of SAW: Legacy.

Until late last week, it’s been several months since we last heard anything regarding the next SAW, which Lionsgate has still never publicly acknowledged.

What was reported was that Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger – the same scriptwriting duo behind Piranha 3D, Piranha 3DD, and Sorority Row – were writing the script and that franchise co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell would be acting as executive producers.

Now, thanks to the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and a eagle-eyed pair of eyes on reddit (MoltenPickle), we now know who is directing SAW: Legacy, and it’s a Lionsgate staple.

Peter and Michael Spierig first broke onto the genre scene when Lionsgate released their undead horror Undead back in 2003. Since, they were hired by the studio to direct the vampire sci-fi epic Daybreakers, while also delivering the masterful sci-fi paradox horror Predestination. Next up, Jigsaw.

The brothers were recently attached to direct Winchester Mystery House, which has been in development for years. I think it’s safe to assume this is going on the backburner as SAW: Legacy is scheduled to shoot from September-October in Toronto, Ontario.

The seven SAW films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.

SAW was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The ConjuringThe Conjuring 2, and produced Annabelle and the upcoming Lights Out.

Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.

The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.

Watch this spot for official confirmation as it comes in.




    Hope Tobin Bell has something to do with it

    • RKSDooM


      I rather like the first four SAW films, hate part five, think that part six is possibly the best in the series and loathe part seven. But the only consistently awesome part of the series is Tobin Bell.

      • Alex Warburton

        *Thumbs up* Part six is easily one of my favorite Saw movies.

      • Saturn

        Pretty much the general concensus when it comes to the franchise. It really is a pretty strong series of films.

    • Cat

      Hope so. He helped make Jigsaw one of the best movie villains out there, let alone just horror.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    I wouldn’t mind this being the start of a new Saw series. Ending with a skyscraper full of people and traps.

    They don’t have to be great as long as they’re entertaining.

    • Saturn

      Just as long as it’s not a prequel showing how Jigsaw was picked on by an overbearing stepfather…..

  • astronauta69

    damn yes, i really liked Daybreakers and Predistination

  • J Jett

    wow! PREDESTINATION & DAYBREAKERS were both excellent (UNDEAD was just ok). i’d rather the brothers write/direct something original like their most recent films but i’m sure a SAW movie under their helm would be good.

    • Saturn

      I wasn’t too fussed about Daybreakers when I saw it at the cinema, perhaps I should give it another go to see if I like it any better, but Undead is one of my favourite zombie movies (top 10 job, probably, if I decided to think about it) and I pretty much enjoyed the hell out of Predestination. So, like Meatloaf sang, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
      I was always going to watch the next few Saw installments anyway (did anyone really think the game was over after just 7 movies?), but now I know who is directing it? It possibly could become one of the franchises highlights.

    • alwayswipetwice

      Hell yes, Undead is fucking awesome!

    • Kruger

      Undead is basically home made movies with buddies and local actors in the roles. And all visual effects were done by two of them on their PC’s.

      It is excellent for what it is and just as a movie it is a lot of fun.

  • Evan3

    I wonder if the trailer is going to just be a screenshot of James Wan’s imdb page and then listing him as Exec Creator. That would be the only conceivable way of getting people exxxcited for this film.

  • John Connor

    They should remake it and not kill jigsaw off until the end this time.

  • MadCows

    Are they going to hold the release until October 2017? If it’s Halloween… it must be SAW. They can’t break it up now.

  • Michael

    I am very skeptical of the writers. Didn’t mind the Piranha films, but Saw isn’t cheesy (until the last one). I also wish that Wan and Whannell were more than just listed as “exec producers” because I feel that if they truly were involved, some content would either be different or gone, and Saw 7 wouldn’t have been release. Just me?

    • For Wan and Whannell, “Saw 3D” must have been like losing a child

  • Khy

    Don’t know much about these guys but cool. Still hoping for a fresh chapter aka new characters and a new Jigsaw.

    • Kruger

      Watch Daybreakers and then the rest of their work if you like it. I love Daybreakers

      • Khy

        I think I will

  • Jack Derwent

    ‘Daybreakers’ was underrated so I’m happy that they’re getting a high profile movie.

  • Khy

    *Billy the puppet rides in on a tricycle* “Surprise bitch! Bet you thought you’ve seen the last of me!”

  • sking

    I’m a horror fan through and through, but truly a better headline may have been, ” does anyone care who’s directing the next SAW?”


    I thought the Saw movies were done… it’s not like we really need another one. the first 3 were ok and then everything went to shit at a progressively fast rate afterwards

  • Great news! It’s a pitty that they hired those writers, but Lionsgate has the chance to bring back the Saw franchise to it’s former glory. I would love them to completely ignore “Saw 3D” and continue from Saw VI. It’s not gonna happen though…

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    i am not gonna write a ton again, but after what they did with VII, there is no point on making another, they ruined the whole story with the last movie

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