In the pantheon of Project Greenlight winners, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have more than distinguished themselves. After winning the third (and unfortunately final) season of the series for their script called Feast, the pair went on to write two sequels to that film, the last four Saw movies, the upcoming Piranha 3DD, and The Collector, which Dunstan also directed. They’re also doing re-writes on Guillermo Del Toro’s filming-any-day-now monster action film Pacific Rim and even wrote a supernatural crime novel called Black Light.
That last project will soon make the pair’s big screen resume as well. They’ve reportedly been tasked with turning the book into a screenplay. Read more about the book, and watch a trailer, the jump. Read More »
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Piranha 3D made a big enough splash at the box office to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film ended it’s run with over $65 million worldwide, and will likely make a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. After the opening weekend, Dimension Films issued a press release announcing that they are already developing a follow-up with with director Alexandre Aja and producer Mark Canton returning. Canton gave the following quote: “We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it’s fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can’t wait to get to work on the sequel.”
I assumed we wouldn’t see a sequel for a couple years, until they had a script in hand (at very least). Well it appears the Weinsteins are borrowing from the Saw release model and hope to have the sequel in theaters for Summer 2011. But the release model isn’t the only thing they are “stealing” from the Saw series…
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On television, the horror anthology will never die. Now, according to the RiskyBiz Blog, Clive Barker is teaming up with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers of the latter half of the Saw franchise and the recent horror pic The Collector, which Dunstan also directed, to create a new show called Clive Barker’s Hotel. Dunstan and Melton have sold their pitch to Warner Bros. Television, and already networks are looking at it as a potential series. Read More »
Lionsgate has revealed new details about the future of the SAW franchise. The fifth installment, follows Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), who has been carrying Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) legacy, goes on a man hunt after the secret is threatened.
“People escape one trap, just to get caught in another; it’s closer in feel to the original SAW as thematically it’s about teamwork. I am far and away convinced that these are the best traps we have ever had,” Producer Marc Berg told Bloody-Disgusting. “This film is far less confusing and more linear, and there are TWO great twists. Just when you thought you figured it out, we twist again.”
The film features six different traps and they shot three different endings, which will be included on the eventual DVD release. The full supporting announce was also announced, and includes: Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Carlo Rota, Julie Benz, Greg Bryk, Laura Gordon and Meagan Good. David Hackl directed the fifth film but will not be returning for the sixth installment after all. I wonder if the studio replaced him or if this was his own choice. SAW series editor Kevin Greutert will be making his feature directorial debut on Saw VI. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are back to pen the screenplay.
Also announced is a SAW video game which was written by franchise creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan, featuring all of the original cast members, and will take place in the timeline of the original film. Saw V is scheduled to hit theaters on October 24th, 2008.
sources: Bloody-disgusting, ComingSoon
It’s pretty much a given: “If it’s Halloween, It’s SAW.” We’ve previously told you that SAW 5 is ready to go. Production designer-turned-director David Hackl is working closely with Saw IV scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton on the next chapter, with a first draft due by the end of the month. Talk about fast tracking.
And now BloodyDiscusting has heard (read: unconfirmed) that Lionsgate hopesÂ to shoot SAW V and SAW VI back-to-back, with Hackl and crew signed on to both. It looks to me like Lionsgate wants get two in the can before the potential upcoming strike. Plus it seems to me that shooting back-to-back could help costs considerably. But it is a risk, what if SAW V isn’t as profitable as the previous films in the franchise? It seems like a good bet to take:
- SAW was made for $1.2 million and mad $103 million worldwide
- SAW II was made for $4 million and made $147 million worldwide
- SAW III was made for $10 million and made $164 million worldwide
Sure, P&A and exhibitor costs aren’t accounted for, but neither is home video/DVD sales, which is also likely $150+ million. A $12 million Saw film would probably have to make less than $25 million at the box office to be a loss. And the escalating box office receipts, what is the chances of that happening?
It looks like Project Greenlight “winner” John Gulager might return two Feast sequels. I ran by Gulager while leaving The Mist panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, but didn’t have time to stop and talk. Now I wish I had.
“Feast 2 and 3 are coming together, with [director John] Gulager back,” Feast co-screenwriter Marcus Dunstan told Fangoria. “Neo Art & Logic is producing again, and if they let us get away with the vulgarities we’ve currently scripted, and if we don’t get deported, we just may have the NC-17-rated monsterfest that was only hinted at in the first film.”
From what I understand, feast was a modest success on DVD thanks to it’s low budget. I’m sure if you take Blockbuster out of the equation (due to an NC-17) it would be harder to turn a profit on the sequels. So an NC-17 rating is probably just hype or wishful thinking, but it doesn’t make sense in the business world. UNLESS the studio releases separate R-Rated and Unrated cuts of the film.
I’m also glad to see Gulager is still getting some Hollywood work. He’s actually a pretty good director, despite what the reality show tried to portray. I met and sat with him during a screening of This Film is Not Yet Rated at Sundance a couple years back. Him and his wife were very nice (photo left).
Darren Lynn Bousman has signed on to return for SAW 4. Bousman directed the two previous popular SAW sequels. Late last year Lionsgate announced that a fourth film would be released on October 26th 2007. Bousman’s return seems like a last ditch move. Especially considering the fact that Bousman publicly announced his departure from the SAW series late last year.
Bousman is a very competent director if he’s given a good script. But everyone must agree that a fourth SAW film has been rushed into production, which is never a good sign. Production will begin on April 16 for six weeks. Yeah, doesn’t sound rushed at all. The good news is that Feast screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton wrote the story. Check out the full press release below.
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