‘Saw 8′ Might Bring Back Original Team James Wan and Leigh Whannell
We've heard some rumblings over the last few years of a possible 'Saw 8,' but after the definitive events at the end of 'Saw 7,' it seemed like the franchise definitely needed to take a breather. Now, for the first time, the producers have spoken out about their plans for a new sequel as we approach the original film's 10th anniversary. And it looks like 'Saw' director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell might just be ready to return to the series they started.
Shock Till You Drop had a chance to talk to 'Saw' producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules in honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary, which will see the film returning to theaters for a limited one-week engagement on October 31. The big question: Is 'Saw 8' happening? The producers seem more than optimistic about the prospect, and say that original 'Saw' director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell were hesitant to become attached to the franchise, but now things are different:
Now that they’ve made their own mark, they’re very comfortable to come back. We’re getting there. James and Leigh are absolutely going to put their mark on it.
They go on to say that with Wan in post-production on 'Fast and Furious 7' and Whannell in post on 'Insidious Chapter 3' (writing and making his directorial debut), there's no better time. The re-release of 'Saw' is, in part, to rally fan excitement:
Our goal is to go to Comic-Con, not next summer but the summer after  with our heads up saying, ‘Here we go.’ James and Leigh are comfortable with the success they’ve had. And it’s time.
As for Wan, he's a little more coy about a return to the franchise he started, though he admits there is a story idea:
I’ve entertained the idea, but that’s more of a fantasy, I think. It’s a story Leigh and I really like and…who knows?
What do you guys think? Was seven 'Saw' films enough, or are you ready for more? Would the involvement of Wan and Whannell get you excited to return to Jigsaw's world?