Horror Movie News: Saw Franchise Isn't Done, Piranha Director Grabs Horns, Descent Director Goes to Hellfest
12.10.11 by Ryan
At the 2010 Comic-Con, Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules announced that Saw 3D (a.k.a. Saw VII) would be the last installment in the long-running franchise. Even the DVD art for Saw 3D claimed the sequel would be "the Final Chapter," but fans agreed with Saw director and franchise executive producer James Wan, who said that a return was "inevitable" earlier this year.
It looks like Lionsgate, the studio that released the Saw movies, agrees. During a talk with CNBC (via Dread Central), Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns revealed that Saw will likely make a return. "I'm sure, some day, you'll see Saw back in the picture," revealed Burns while discussing the studio's upcoming slate.
While Burns' comments aren't exactly a commitment to produce an eighth Saw movie, it's the first admission from the studio that Saw was not, in fact, finished. Of course, with Saw 3D earning $136 million worldwide, another Saw would not be much of a surprise. As Wan said in April: "You can always count on capitalism, guys."
French director Alexandre Aja has spent his career working specifically in the horror genre ever since his breakout movie, 2003's High Tension. After helming the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes and the 2008 thriller Mirrors, Aja's last directorial effort was the campy, yet gory, creature flick Piranha 3D. For the time being, Aja is staying with the genre.
Last October, Aja became attached to an adaptation of Japanese manga comic of Cobra - The Space Pirate, but, before he does, THR reports that Aja will direct an adaptation of Joe Hill's 2010 novel Horns. Hill, also the son of Stephen King, will executive produce.
Horn follows 26-year-old Ignatius Perrish, who wakes one morning with a hangover and horns growing out of his head. The cause may have something to do with the unsolved death of his girlfriend. Keith Bunin (A Home at the End of the World) wrote the script adaptation.
Mandalay Pictures is hoping to have Aja direct the movie in late spring or early summer 2012, before Aja dips his toe into the sci-fi genre with Cobra.
Another horror director, Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday), stepped out of the genre to direct last year's period action flick Centurion as well as an upcoming episode in the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones, but is coming back to horror for his next project.
Deadline reports that Marshall is in early talks to helm the slasher flick Hellfest for CBS Films. The movie is set at a theme park on Halloween night where unsuspecting victims are slaughtered by a costumed killer.
Written by William Penick and Chris Sey (Secrets in the Walls), Hellfest will be Marshall's next project. Production is planned for next summer.