Saw VII Starts Shooting; Set to Be the Franchise's Endgame
02.09.10 by Ryan
Kevin Greutert wasn't happy when Lionsgate exercised its contract option on the Saw VI director, forcing him to abandon the upcoming sequel to Paranormal Activity and instead direct Saw VII only a week before production was set to begin. On Sunday, Greutert wrote in to the HouseofJigsaw fan forums to announce the start of shooting.
Well, team, it's hard to believe, but I start rolling high res 3D video on this movie tomorrow morning. It's still an unreal fog to me (the experience, not the 3D video, although come to think of it ... well, never mind that for now...), having one week to prep the most expensive SAW film of all. We've attempted a comprehensive rewrite on the script since I got here, but it's tough: the sets are built, the traps are built, the storyline is set, and any major changes mean throwing out existing stuff, and it's hard to find the time, money and will to do things a different way.
The good news for Greutert is that he likely won't be pulled from another movie to work on another Saw sequel. In a recent UK radio interview with Demon FM, screenwriter Patrick Melton said he felt that Saw VII, now called Saw VII Endgame will likely be the final chapter of the long-running franchise.
I mean, I think it's going to end with Saw VII. I have a very strong feeling its going to end with Saw VII. That's something we're debating now. You saw in previous interviews or discussions where we thought Saw VIII would be the last one where we had the first trilogy and the second trilogy and then sort of a grand finale wrapped up in two films. But frankly because Saw VI hasn't performed as well as we anticipated, the idea is well why make two movies when we can make one really excellent movie that wraps up as best we can? And it's going to be in 3-D which sort of adds to the spectacle. So if you had to ask me, I don't own the franchise, nor do I run the studio, but I have a feeling, a strong feeling that it's going to be Saw VII which will be also known as Endgame. And nothing's official yet, but that's where we're hoping things will go.
While box office will ultimately dictate the future of the Saw franchise, Melton says that they are not letting that deter them from thinking Saw VII will be the final chapter.
Oh, I think anytime something is very successful, in films especially, there's the automatic thought: "make another." So I think the more money something makes the more likely there's going to be a sequel. However, no one wants to see the Saw franchise beat down into the ground and opening at five million dollars and no one really caring. That's why a decision is close to being made
and an announcement is probably close to being made that this is the grand finale. I think certain powers that be will always be hesitant to say that so distinctly, but that's where our marching orders are leaning towards. We're not putting "Saw VII" at the top of our script books, we're putting "Saw: Endgame". So that's how we feel about it.