Saw 7 – Sequel Plans25.10.09 # Sequel # 473 Comments
Saw 7 is already in the works. Here’s what we know so far.
Saw 6 has had the first disappointing opening in the Saw franchise -
2004 – Saw – $18.2m U.S. opening weekend – $103m total internationally (not including dvd)
2005 – Saw 2 – $31m opening – $147m
2006 – Saw 3 – $33m opening – $164m
2007 – Saw 4 – $31m opening – $139m
2008 – Saw 5 – $30m opening – $113m
2009 – Saw 6 – $15m estimated opening
Then again Saw 6 had much of its audience stolen by the Paranormal Activity phenomena, and that won’t be around next year. Also, bizarrely, Saw 6 opened to the best reviews since the first movie, bucking the sharp decline – Saw (46% on rotten tomatoes), Saw 2 (36%), Saw 3 (26%), Saw 4 (18%), Saw 5 (14%), Saw 6 (44%).
The production budget of these films is around $10m, so after international takings and DVD, Saw 6 will still make a large profit. Nonetheless, the sharp drop in public interest since last year is a worrying development for fans.
Saw 7′s release date remains set for Halloween 2010. It’ll be directed by the man behind Saw 5, David Hackl, and shot in 3-D. “A lot of people just do the 2-D to 3-D transfer, but we want to be able to build the sets in a way that takes advantage of depth,” says Hackl. “We’re going to design traps to come at you. The pendulum trap that opened the last Saw movie would have been great in 3-D. …We’re planning a lot of the movie to be through the victim’s eyes, seeing stuff as it’s coming towards them, in their point-of-view.”
How many Saw films will there eventually be? “The storyline that we started in Saw 5 and carry through Saw 6, ends at Saw 8,” say the current writing duo. “Where it goes beyond that, I couldn’t tell you. In my mind, the story is threaded through Saw 8. After that, I can’t tell you that the franchise will continue.” Unless box office results bounce back next year, don’t be surprised if they really do end it at Saw 8.
Finally here’s a note for all of you who comment under this post. Saw 7 director Hackl said last week “Every time I go on the internet someone gives me a new idea for a trap. Every time people go on a blog and post an idea, we consider it. It helps inform how we write the script. We always look at what our audience is hoping for.” – In other words, they’re reading.
So what do you want to see happen in Saw 7? Which characters need to return? Do you have a great idea for a trap? Leave your comments below.