The latest installment of the Saw franchise has experienced serious behind-the-scenes turbulence before the cameras have even started rolling.
The disruption involves the director of Saw VI, Kevin Greutert. Originally, Greutert departed the Saw franchise after the sixth film in order to direct Paranormal Activity 2, but for contractual reasons he had return for Saw VII. Entries Greutert wrote on his blog indicated he was none too happy about the whole thing.
However, moving on from the controversy, things appear to be going ahead as planned with Saw VII. Dread Central recently got a chance to interview writer Patrick Melton about the latest Saw film (amongst others projects). Melton talks about such things as the bigger (better?) traps we'll see utilized this time around, and how it's "definitely the most expensive and ambitious Saw movie that we’ve done."
Of course, the writer of the movie is obviously going to say stuff like that - but nonetheless I'm sure it will fall on glad ears of the gorehounds out there who lap up every Saw film, never mind the weak characters or underdeveloped story. Here's what Melton said about what we can expect from Saw VII:
"In this one we have bigger traps and more traps and more characters – especially characters from the past (films) – than we’ve had in probably any other Saw movie. It’s definitely the most expensive and ambitious Saw movie that we’ve done. Some of it is in response to last year’s Saw VI, which, while being the most critically acclaimed Saw film in a while, didn’t do particularly as well (at the box office) as everyone would have hoped, so we are going pretty far with this one in terms of the scale and intensity of the traps and the amount of twists, especially into the third act, which is just a plethora of twists and reveals."
For those wondering whether we'll see Saw continue beyond the seventh movie, Melton addresses that very thing with the following:
"I can’t speak much of what the film is, but once you see it, you’ll understand that there is quite a bit of resolution (to the series). There is a place where it can go, but it’s been undecided at this point if the series will continue. If we end it with this one, then the entire franchise and story will be wrapped up in a nice pretty package."
When Melton mentions that characters from past films will be returning, I can't help but think and hope that it might include Dr. Lawrence Gordon. That name doesn't ring a bell? [SPOILER!] He was the doctor from the first movie that cut off his foot and crawled out of the dank and dirty bathroom where he was being held... and we haven't found out what happened to him since.
If Saw VII really is the end of the franchise, I can't think of a better way to bookend it than to involve Dr. Gordon in some way (perhaps he'll be the one carrying on Jigsaw's work?...).
If you're interested in reading the rest of the lengthy interview with Melton - which includes him giving more info on Greutert's reluctant return to the franchise and how he, as a writer, comes up with the twists and turns the franchise is known for - you can head over to Dread Central.
I've said it before but Saw has continued well beyond its prime (the first installment was the only "good" movie in my opinion), and seven movies is a running joke that isn't even funny anymore. I really hope they wrap everything up with Saw VII and just wave goodbye to Jigsaw and the games he continuously wants to play.
What do you think of what Melton has said about Saw VII? Do you want Saw VII to be the last film in the franchise or are you hungry for more movies after that?
Saw VII (in 3D) is set to hit theaters this year on October 22nd, 2010.