The ‘Saw’ franchise isn’t quite finished grossing us all out.
According to Variety, Lionsgate is set to start filming the franchise’s eighth film, currently titled ‘Legacy,’ this summer.
A production listing for the Ontario Media Development Corp., reported by the site Bloody Disgusting, lists the directing team of Peter and Michael Spierig and producers Mark Burg and Owen Kholes with shooting starting on Sept. 12.
Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million and was James Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell starring.
The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw,” who traps victims in situations that test their will to live.
Burg, Kholes and Gregg Hoffman produced all seven “Saw” movies.
The Spierigs are German-born twin brothers who directed “Daybreakers” and “Predestination,” based on Robert Heinlein’s science fiction short story “—All You Zombies—,” which opened at SXSW in 2014. It was co-written and co-directed by the twins, filmed in Australia and starred Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.
It’s been six years since the last ‘Saw’ installment — let’s hope and pray they’ve figured out a good script to justify the continuation.