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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MGM isn’t down and out just yet, or at least that is how they would have you believe it. The studio has announced yet another project, a big screen adaptation of the 1960′s black and white sci-fi television series The Outer Limits. The anthology series, like the Twilight Zone, was known to have a plot twist at the end of most of the stories.

Variety estimates the deal to be in the mid-six figures — MGM has hired screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to pen the script. The screenwriting duo was discovered during Project Greenlight and penned all three of the Feast film, as well as Saw IV, V, VI and the upcoming Saw 3D).
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Could Saw VII be the final installment of the popular horror movie franchise? Screenwriter Patrick Melton, who co-wrote the last three Saw films and the upcoming seventh movie, claims the the series will probably end with the seventh installment, and they have even planned to wrap up the lingering questions.

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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 »

SAW V and VI Details Revealed

SAW V LogoLionsgate 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

SAW V and SAW VI Being Shot Back-To-Back?

SAW IVIt’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 hopes  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?

Darren Lynn Bousman returns for SAW 4

Darren Lynn Bousman

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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Feast Trilogy?

Feast

The rental/dvd sales of Dimension Films’ Feast are so good that talks have begun to create not one but two sequels.
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