The ‘Saw’ Franchise Isn’t Stopping


The Saw franchise isn’t coming to a stop anytime soon.

And really, why should it? Poor reviews for later entries (from us included) aside, there’s no denying that this is one profitable franchise. The most recent entry in the franchise, Jigsaw, made $US102 million from a budget of $US10 million.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Twisted Pictures have green lit another Saw film – the ninth in the horror series. No plot details have been released and no official word has come from the studio, but word is that the project is now actively in development with Jigsaw screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg back on board.

The first film in the franchise, 2004’s Saw, was crafted by Aussie filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell for just $US1.4 million. The many that denied Wan and Whannell funding here in Australia would have been kicking themselves when the duo decided to try their luck in the U.S. and the film raked in $US103.9 million worldwide. Wan, of course, went on to kick off the Insidious and Conjuring franchises, directed Furious 7, and will soon be delivering DC movie Aquaman for Warner Bros. Whannell has second directorial effort, the great-looking Upgrade, on the way.

This is one of the highest-earning horror film franchises of all time, drawing an overall $US976.3 million in global box office receipts. The brand has also spawned video games, a comic book prequel, and even theme park attractions.

Stay tuned as more on Saw 9 comes to light.

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