James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct.
Somewhere, Jigsaw must be smiling. According to Variety, Laura Vandervoort (Ted) and Hannah Anderson (Lizzie Borden Took an Ax) have become the first two actors to sign on for Saw: Legacy (the Saw franchise’s eighth installment.) While no details regarding a plot or locations have yet been divulged, the upcoming sequel is scheduled to be directed by Peter and Michael Spierig, on a script co-written by original Saw director James Wan (Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring.)
The previous seven Saw films have grossed more than $870 worldwide, against very moderate budgets. Lionsgate, the films’ production studio, are hoping the eighth movie in the series will continue this positive trend. The franchise is centered around an inanimate killer named “Jigsaw”, who instructs his victims to complete gory tasks in order to win back their freedom. In reality, the man behind Jigsaw is named John Kramer (Tobin Bell), a cancer patient who tries to hold villainous people accountable for not leading virtuous lives.
Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger have been tapped by Lionsgate to write a new installment to the ‘Saw’ franchise. Entitled ‘Saw: Legacy’, original director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell will serve as executive producers on the film.
Goldfinger and Stolberg are known for the work on horror films such as ‘Sorority Row,’ ‘Piranha’ and ‘Piranha 3DD.” It is unknown whether the film will be a continuation of the original series or a reboot. The first ‘Saw’ premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2004.