I remember this interaction quite vividly, even though it’s now been 10 years since it happened:
I was 21. I was in the car with a couple of friends, on our way into the city to catch a movie. The phone rings. It’s my mother.
“Hey. What’re you up to?“
“Me, Max, and Joel are heading into the city to see Saw.“
“What?” she asks.
I take a moment to figure out what could be confusing about my last sentence, then it hits me.
“No, ma. We’re going to see a movie named ‘Saw.’ We’re not on our way to play on that thing in a playground.“
Ah, yes. It’s been 10 years since Saw sliced its way into theaters and became an annual event for horror fans to look forward to every Halloween. The series would have it’s “Final Chapter” with Saw 3D back in 2010, but like any good Hollywood slasher…it appears to suck at staying dead. We heard murmurs a while back that the series would be getting a new installment, but then things went silent. It would appear that those talks stalled, yet if what I’m about to report garners enough interest, you can bet that Lionsgate will look to bring back Jigsaw and his sadistic games.
An Official Press Release From Lionsgate:
This Halloween, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW, the film that kicked off the most successful horror franchise in history, by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only. The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven SAW films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the â€œMost Successful Horror Franchiseâ€ of all time.
â€œThe launch of SAW was a signature event in Lionsgateâ€™s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,â€ said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Jason Constantine. â€œWe are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.â€
â€œAs part of SAWâ€™s 10th anniversary, weâ€™re thrilled to give new fans and audiences the opportunity to experience this film on the big screen for the very first time,â€ added SAWâ€™s producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg.
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 CONJURING and the upcoming FAST & FURIOUS 7.
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 â€œJigsaw,â€ 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.
So you’ll get a chance to go back and re-live how the series began. Exciting if you were a fan (I fell off after the second one). But if you weren’t a fan, bemindful of what this special engagement could mean. If this re-release conjures up enough business, you just know that the studio is going to start cranking out sequels again. If that idea has your vote, go for it. Enjoy! See it 3 times that week. But if you’ve enjoyed the last 4 years of Saw-less Octobers…BEWARE!!!
Okay, that’s enough out of me.