Saw Screenwriters Talk Saw VII 3-D
05.06.10 by Ryan
Saw VI was the first in the Saw franchise to lose its opening weekend (Paranormal Activity ticket sales topped it), so when screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan started work on the 3-D sequel, the writers admitted that the sequel could be the franchise's last. Most self-respecting horror fans laugh off such comments, having heard them too many times to believe it.
If Saw VII 3D proves to be the final chapter, though, the series is going out Lost-style, bringing in past Saw characters like Cary Elwes's from the first Saw. Melton and Dunstan couldn't reveal much to Bloody-Disgusting about Elwes's return other than to say it's not old footage," but Dunstan did explain why the sequel is bringing back older characters.
Well, that springboarded from … I mean, you're looking at something that is a Part 7, and if you look at the previous horror film series that get up to a Part 7 … very rarely do those entries take advantage of the fact that they have a history. Like for example, in some where it's a new group of people, and they also die…. The nice thing about Saw is, if the killer — who's not necessarily a killer — but if his method is successful, you live. You're f'ed up, but yet wait, you appreciate it! So this is the one type of franchise where you organically have people that should be still involved, and should come back, and what their stories are I think are quite compelling. Especially, you know, individuals that have been kicked down by a lot of circumstances to the point where a villain has decided to put them in a room with their worst vice and by god, a handful of 'em survived … what do they want? Do they want revenge? Would they like to protect that? Where could that series go? And I thought based on just that idea, that here's a series paved in red but some people stood up at the end of the day, that was fertile ground to grow a pretty wicked, twisty-turny entry.
Unlike some 3-D movies that weren't shot in the format but converted later, Dunstan says that for Saw VII "every single moment was conceived with that technology in mind." However, Melton was quick to point out that the 3-D is not being used as a "gimmick."
In terms of coming up with the traps and stuff like that, is there's always chatter; is that trap that you guys are talking about gonna be a 3-D moment? And so we're all very aware of that. No one wanted to make one of those gimmicky 3-D horror movies, where things just randomly come at the audience. They wanted it to be a little more organic to the story and not really draw attention to itself. So it is more immersive than some of the other 3-D movies that we've seen. And it was shot in real 3-D, so it's not a cheap gag to get three more bucks out of everybody. It was very well thought through, and conceived and all that … a lot of the traps are gonna be really … [taking on] a new dimension.
Dunstan says that the inclusion of 3-D allows the movie to "put the audience in a trap," potentially the trap that the two writers have been trying to include since they started writing Saw movies with Saw IV.
There's a trap we've wanted to put in a Saw movie ever since we had the chance to work on this. And it's four years now! It's the most brutal thing. First time: "No, that's too violent!" Second year: "No, that's too disgusting!" Third year: "No, that's just wrong!" This year: "Ok, f**k it. Bring it." [Laughs] I was so proud to see it unleashed.
When the subject of whether Saw VII will truly be the last Saw movie, Dunstan backpedaled.
There are certain questions, I guess, that are answered that will provide a satisfaction to this. I mean, pretty much we're trying to dance around the idea that we're not supposed to say s**t about whether it's the last one or not. We're just not. Anytime it's even been hinted at, we get like the hard hand over our mouths … I mean, whereas for a moment we thought we could be a little more definitive about it, but no, we're really not supposed to say jack s**t.
Melton put it another way.
I don't know if it will be. But once the dust settles and the credits roll, you're certainly gonna feel a great amount of closure on where the franchise began and where it ends at the end of this one.
In other words, if Saw VII sees financial succes when it opens October 22, then there will be more Saw movies. If, however, Paranormal Activity 2, also opening October 22, pulls an upset similar to its predecessor, then this could actually be the last Saw movie.