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“Would you like to play a game?”
If just reading that conjures an immediate sense of dread, you’re not alone. And if Lionsgate has anything to say about it, it’s about to make moviegoers terrified once again as the studio will continue its massively successful “Saw” franchise with “Saw: Legacy,” the eighth film in the horror series that began in 2004.
While there are no details on whether the new installment is a sequel or a reboot, “Sorority Row” and “Piranha 3DD” screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger have been hired to write the script, according to The Tracking Board. Joining them as executive producers on the project are the director and writer of the first “Saw,” James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
Despite the now somewhat ironically named “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” in 2010, it’s not a surprise to see Liongate returning to “Saw.” The franchise has grossed $873 million worldwide against an estimated $64 million total budget for the series and frequently staked its claim to the box office the Friday before Halloween each October. “Saw” follows a killer named Jigsaw who traps his victims in impossible situations and tells them that if they play the game, there’s a way out. Of course, a way out doesn’t always mean whole, or alive. Never one to shy away from violence and gore, the “Saw” films are credited with popularizing the “torture porn” genre of horror along with movies like “Hostel.”