The Saw franchise is being pieced back together

There's good news for those of you longing to watch elaborate devices take apart human bodies.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the Saw franchise is in the process of being rebooted by Lionsgate, which apparently needs something to replace all that now-gone Hunger Games and Twilight cash. The studio has hired screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger to write an eighth installment in the series, titled Saw: Legacy, although whether the new film will be a reboot, a sequel, a sidequel or some new thing they haven't invented yet remains to be seen.

Stolberg and Goldfinger's credits include Sorority Row, Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD, so they know their way around gore and can probably come up with a whole new batch of traps and torture devices in which to ensnare cast members in whom you will probably have no emotional investment. Whether they find a creative way to work Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) back into the story is also not known yet, but this is Saw, so you can probably count on it.

I'm being a little snarky about all this, but in fact it's easy to forget now that 2004's original Saw, directed by a then-unknown James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, was an intriguing and even gripping horror-mystery with a nice, twisty plot and a truly knockout finale. It was the later entries that focused more on the torture porn aspects of the series, along with an increasingly ridiculous and overly complicated mythology, which led to diminishing box office returns and ground the series to a halt in 2010 with Saw 3D: The Final Chapter.

No horror franchise ever stays dead, however, so Saw is coming back whether we like it or not. James Wan is now a major director, with The Conjuring 2 and Aquaman coming up, so it's doubtful he'll be back behind the camera. He and Whannell (who's been busy with the pair's other horror franchise, Insidious) are listed as executive producers, although it's hard to imagine how involved they'll be. Hopefully Lionsgate will find a great new voice in horror to revitalize the series. Will you be ready to play a game again when Saw: Legacy hits theaters?

(via Slashfilm)

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