Darren Lynn Bousman Plans For REPO Franchise

Repo! The Genetic Opera!Darren Lynn Bousman just finished editing REPO! The Genetic Opera!, but the SAW series director is already talking about sequel possibilities. In his latest blog entry, Darren writes:

“If I have my way – I am only leaving one franchise to start another! Maybe this time next year as SAW VI is gearing up – I will working on REPO II… One can only dream…”

Bousman also talked breifly about his visit to the SAW V production offices, and his meeting with David Hackl, who will be taking over the series.

“I have to be honest – it’s a hard pill to swallow… Handing over the baton – – passing the torch – – call it what you will… But for the last three years SAW has been my life… Last week, they opened up the preproduction office for V. It feels strange not to be there… It feels even stranger knowing that those production offices are only two blocks from where I am now… But, I feel confident in the fact that the franchise is in great hands with David – and that it was time for me to move on…”

Repo! The Genetic Opera! will hit theaters later this year. SAW V will hit theaters on October 24th 2008 (because, “If it’s Halloween, It’s SAW”).

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SAW 5 in 2008

SAW 5 in 2008

A couple months ago it was revealed that SAW series production designer David Hackl had been hired to direct not one but two SAW sequels, possibly even back-to-back. Rumor had it that Lionsgate wanted to, for the first time in four years, take a year off from the SAW series. But I’m happy to report that is not true.

“If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw!”

Lionsgate is eyeing October 24th 2008 for the release of SAW V. SAW VI has also been marked on the calendar for October 30th, 2009. Let the games begin (again)!

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?