Saw X | Mark Burg and Oren Koules on How to Keep Franchise Fresh and Being in Mexico

After nearly nineteen years, countless traps, and with the upcoming tenth film of the franchise with Saw X, producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules needed to make sure the story and traps were fresh and original for the audiences and themselves.

Tobin Bill returns as the iconic villain (or hero) Jigsaw. In this installment, Saw X focuses more on the storyline of the dying John Kramer as he seeks a cure for his illness. The film takes place as a sequel to Saw and a prequel to Saw II.

The film also stars Shawnee Smith (Saw II, The Blob), Synnøve, Macody Lund (Headhunters, Ragnarok), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King, Teen Wolf), Micheal Beach (Aquaman, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Renata Vaca (Dreamer, Rosario Tijeras), Paulette Hernandez (My Demons Never Swore Solitude, Cuna de Lobos), and Octavio Hinojosa (How to Survive Being Single, Sobrevivi).

Here is the full synopsis:

John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back. The most chilling installment of the SAW franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of SAW I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer—only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, John returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules on keeping up with the franchise and SAW going international to Mexico.

Mark Burg began his career in producing by working alongside with producer Thom Mount with Can’t Buy Me Love and Bull Durham. He teamed up with Oren Koules in 1998 the produced its first feature film John Q and guided Charlie Sheen with the production of the half-hour series Two and a Half Men. They both discovered James Wan and Leigh Whannell that morphed their Saw film into a billion dollar franchise. His other credits included Nate Parker’s American Skin, Deon Taylor’s The Intruder, and three seasons of Peter Farrelly’s series Loudermilk.

Oren Koules is the co-founder of Evolution Entertainment the produced the Saw film series and the popular CBS TV series Two and a Half Men. He was also the former owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Helena Bighorns. Along with Mark Burg, they discovered James Wan and Leigh Whannell to create a billion dollar franchise for Saw.

Saw X is in theaters tomorrow.

Watch the exclusive interview with Mark Burg and Oren Koules below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Lionsgate

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