It’s easy to argue that the “Saw” franchise is the biggest horror film series of our generation. The seventh installment, “Saw 3D” was released in 2010 and promised to be the last in the series, but we never really expected that to last. This past year was the first time Lionsgate didn’t release a new “Saw” flick for Halloween in the past eight years, and now it seems like the franchise is seeing some renewed life. In a recent interview, an exec at Lionsgate said the company is open to an eighth film for the franchise.
“I’m sure, some day, you’ll see ‘Saw’ back in the picture,” Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns recently told CNBC, according to Bloody Disgusting.
It’s an interesting use of words, though. Burns easily could have said, “Oh yeah, we have a new ‘Saw’ film lined up for next year,” but instead he makes it sound like the series is on an indefinite hiatus. That could be a good thing, considering it seems as though many have become exhausted with the franchise, but at least they always delivered the same sort of solid entertainment that the “Friday the 13th” or “Nightmare on Elm Street” series did. Sure, the latter installments weren’t the greatest, but at least you know what you’re getting into.
Hopefully Lionsgate opts out of rebooting the series or making a prequel if they do end up restarting the “Saw” franchise. Just keep them coming like they have been. Attendance has dipped from around $80 million per movie for “Saw II” and “Saw III” to around $50 million for “Saw V” and “Saw 3D” (“Saw VI” only saw a pitilful $27 million), so the movies could use a bit of a revival. We’d like to see them do it the good ol’ fashioned way by hiring better writers and getting a solid script, instead of just opting for cheap thrills like 3D and people having to sift through their own intestines, though.