After having spent the last five-plus years in a state of dormancy, it appears that the Saw franchise is wasting no time in getting its latest entry ready to go. Recently, a Canadian production listing revealed that a project entitled Saw: Legacy was expected to begin filming this September in Toronto. This effectively confirmed a report from earlier this year that Lionsgate was developing Saw: Legacy, although the studio still has yet to publicly acknowledge the film's existence.
The aforementioned report also asserted that Lionsgate had hired the duo of Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger (Piranha 3D) to write the script for Saw: Legacy, and that Saw franchise creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell were on-board as executive producers. Now, another piece of the Saw: Legacy puzzle seems to have been revealed.
Thanks to a different production listing (with a h/t to redditor Molten Pickle), it appears we now know who's directing Saw: Legacy. The listing names as the film's directors Michael and Speter Spierig, a sibling duo of Australian filmmakers who first gained attention via their 2003 zombie comedy Undead.
This attention led to the opportunity to work with big name stars like Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill on the well-received 2009 dystopian vampire drama Daybreakers, which took place in a world where a plague transformed the majority of the world's population into vampires. Naturally, these bloodsuckers assume control of the planet, and use the remaining humans as a food source. Unfortunately, humans aren't an infinite resource, and before long Earth's new nocturnal society is also threatened with extinction. The Spierigs would later reunite with Hawke for the 2014 sci-fi film Predestination.
When one considers that Daybreakers was distributed by Lionsgate, it makes perfect sense that the studio would recruit the brothers Spierig to try and revitalize the once dominant Saw series. For one, Daybreakers was a bit of a sleeper hit, bringing in over $50 million worldwide on a production budget of only $20 million. Secondly, Daybreakers was even enjoyed by the majority of mainstream critics, receiving a 67% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Managing to make a modestly budgeted horror film that both critics and audiences love is a fairly rare feat, so it's easy to see why Lionsgate would feel comfortable handing over Saw's reigns to the Spierigs.
So to recap, information on Saw: Legacy's filming schedule, producers, writers, and directors is all now available. Of course, that still leaves the biggest question up in the air: What will the film's plot actually be about? With John "Jigsaw" Kramer long dead - and apprentice detective Mark Hoffman left for dead by Dr. Lawrence Gordon at the end of Saw 3D: The Final Chapter - will someone new take up his mantle of making victims "appreciate their lives" by putting them through torturous games? Or will Saw: Legacy introduce a completely new villain that perhaps has a similar modus operandi? With filming soon to commence, it probably won't be too long until fans know for sure.
Saw: Legacy begins filming in September, but has no official release date yet.
Source: Bloody Disgusting