Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the screenwriters for Saw IV, Saw V, and the upcoming Saw VI, spoke to ShockTilYouDrop about the project at San Diego Comic-Con and, despite the fact that a sequel has already been announced, Melton claims Saw VI will feel resolved:
Part four was too confusing, part five wasn't confusing enough and this one hits the mark right in the middle. We have a really good 'A' story which makes all of the Tobin Bell flashbacks feel organic and not forced. There's good pacing and finally there's a resolution. Finally. Six could be done and that's it, there could be no more. In terms of the John Kramer storyline, we put a nice bow on it. It's fulfilling for people, I think.
Melton and Dunstan will be back to write Saw VII with David Hackl, who helmed Saw V, returning to direct. While details on Saw VII are minimal at this point, Dunstan says that VI will tackle some contemporary issues:
It's also timely. There are a couple of elements to the story that take advantage of our current climate.
If the latest "Wheel of Death" clip is evidence, Dunstan and Melton have certainly gone political. WARNING: This clip is not appropriate for work, so if you're not at home enjoy this new teaser trailer instead: Posted 07.28.09 by Ryan
A new "motion" poster has arrived online for the latest sequel in Liongate's Saw franchise, just in time for the news of Saw VII's writing team.
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton — the screenwriters behind not only the upcoming Saw VI, but Saw IV and V as well — will return to write Saw VII. The franchise is supposedly set to continue for a total of nine movies, not eight as Tobin Bell speculated.
Dunstan could direct the next Saw, after helming the upcoming horror thriller The Collector, which he and Melton wrote.
Saw VI creeps into theaters on October 23. It was directed by Kevin Gruetert, who was previously an editor on the series. Posted 07.22.09 by Ryan
After four straight successes for the Saw franchise and a fifth seemingly in the bag, some surprising reports are emerging that Saw VI may be delayed, or might not even happen. These reports contradict other Saw news.
In an interview with Screens and Tech, Tobin Bell says he "wouldn't be surprised if it went further" before adding "if the fans want more, it means there's a market for more."
Other online reports have indicated that a Saw VI and VII were already greenlit and in pre-production, although producers were reluctant to offer confirmation at the recent round of press tours for Saw V.
Saw IV's box office take was down slightly from Saw III, but considering the average budget on III, IV, and V was in the meager $10 million range, ending the franchise would make little sense financially.
One final indicator that would seem to contradict emerging reports: The new VH1 reality show Scream Queens, co-hosted by Saw star Shawnee Smith, has contestants competing for the grand prize of a part in Saw VI. Posted 10.22.08 by reelz
Leading this week's crop of new releases is torture-porn sequel Saw IV, available in both standard and extra-disturbing unrated editions. Also arriving on DVD are Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's surprise hit The Game Plan, the grieving parents drama Reservation Road, the modern-day Snow White update Sydney White and the Richard Gere/Terrence Howard thriller The Hunting Party. Posted 01.22.08 by reelz
No, Slaughter is not a biopic based on the seminal early '90s hair metal band responsible for such awesomely craptastic hits as "Up All Night" and "Fly to the Angels"; it's a new horror pic starring current reigning scream queens Shawnee Smith (Saw II, Saw III, and presumably Saw IV through XVII), Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and AnnaLynne McCord (Day of the Dead). According to The Hollywood Reporter, all three have signed on for the flick, in which they'll play "actresses unknowingly cast in a Japanese snuff film."
Which begs the question: how many actresses are knowingly cast in snuff films? Do they hold auditions for these things? I can't say I've ever overheard an out-of-work actor say, "Man, I really hope I get that Japanese snuff film I auditioned for." Posted 11.08.07 by reelz
Audiences just can't get enough of gore, it seems, as Saw IV absolutely creamed the competition this weekend, coming in first with $32.1 million.
The Steve Carell dramedy Dan in Real Life came in a distant second with $12 million, and last weekend's box office topper, 30 Days of Night, dropped to third with $6.7 million.
The weekend's new art house offerings had much more modest takes, with Bella leading the pack with $1.3 million in 17th place.
Source: Boxofficemojo Posted 10.28.07 by reelz
You just can't keep a good horror villain down. When we last glimpsed Saw's fiendishly sadistic bad guy Jigsaw, at the end of the popular horror series' third installment, he was lying in a pool of blood -- unquestionably, irrefutably, undeniably dead. Deader than the Rockies' chances of winning the World Series.
And yet, not only does Jigsaw return to his torturous ways in Saw IV, star Tobin Bell is signed on to reprise his signature role in two additional installments of the lucrative franchise.
While slasher flicks are notorious for resurrecting dead characters, the dubious practice is surprisingly common in other genres as well. Check out our list of eight of the lamest excuses for bringing deceased characters back from the dead. Posted 10.27.07 by reelz
It's going to be a bloody weekend at the Cineplex, with the critic-proof horror sequel Saw IV making its debut. Movie lovers seeking an alternative to splatter can check out Steve Carell's new comedy Dan in Real Life.
A rundown of our reviews of this weekend's new releases:
"Another stale entry into the torture porn genre featuring some clever methods of creating anguish and the requisite gross-out moments."
Dan in Real Life
"Hedges' sophomore directorial effort is an amusing, albeit schmaltzy, family affair raised a notch by Steve Carell’s pure likability."
Also opening: Bella, Mr. Untouchable, Music Within. Posted 10.26.07 by reelz
Hungry for some torture porn? Can't wait until Saw IV opens on Friday? Then let Eli Roth's gory opus Hostel Part II, which debuts on DVD today, be the methadone to your Saw heroin. Also arriving in stores is Kevin Costner's cerebral serial killer flick Mr. Brooks, the first movie to succesfully exploit all of the irksome qualities of inexplicably popular comedian Dane Cook.
Our pick for this week is the decidedly less sinister Disney animated family flick Meet the Robinsons, featuring those adorably non-threatening Jonas Brothers. Posted 10.23.07 by reelz
Are you getting into the Halloween spirit yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Just two weeks until the greatest holiday of the year!
To help get you in the mood, we've got some great new clips from two of the month's big horror releases: 30 Days of Night and Saw IV.
Check out the 30 Days of Night clips by clicking here.
Check out the Saw IV clips by clicking here. Posted 10.18.07 by reelz