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Lionsgate has confirmed that they are working on a sequel to their hugely profitable horror franchise Saw. The series began in 2004 as an adaptation of a short by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, both of which returned to star, write and direct the full length feature. The first film made over 100 million dollars worldwide, on a modest budget of 1.2 million. Since the success of the original film, the franchise spawned 6 sequels. As returns began to dwindle, Lionsgate pulled the plug on the annual gorefest with 2010’s Saw 3D. The seventh entry in the series was marketed as the final chapter in the Jigsaw story, and made a little under 140 million worldwide, closing off the franchise on a high note.
Fans of the series always suspected it would return one day, and now we have confirmation that Lionsgate are actively pursing a new entry in the franchise. Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg have been hired to write the script for Saw 8, which is also known as Saw: Legacy. Goldfinger and Stolberg most recently collaborated on 2010’s Piranha 3D. Since then Josh Stolberg wrote and directed Conception and Crawlspace, while Goldfinger has mainly worked in television.
It is unclear at this stage whether the film will see the return of Tobin Bell as Jigsaw in some capacity, or whether we will be treated to a new killer for this entry. Series creators Wan and Whannell are returning as executive producers. There are no news regarding expected release date for the film, but it is likely to fall on Halloween at some point in the future.