What was it I just said earlier about today being a day for coverage of sequels nobody wants? Oh, hello there, Saw VII 3D! LionsGate is at work on what may be the final chapter in the Saw franchise (oh, who are we kidding?) with editor turned director Kevin Greutert literally chained to the wheel. Now we’ve got a full cast lineup, including details on the return of Cary Elwes and an official take on the plot. Read More »

Here’s a quick precis of what we told you so far, then a zinger of a punchline.

Paramount offered the Paranormal Activity 2 directing gig to Saw 6 helmsman Kevin Greutert. As an underhand measure, Lionsgate have exercised their option on the director and obliged him to direct Saw 3D instead. The two films are currently slotted in for the same release date, and the Paranormal sequel would appear to be without a director.

So, how does Greutert feel about this? His first response was relatively polite:

I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows.  While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers. Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution.  Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.

His second, less so. It follows after the break.

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UPDATE: As one might expect, Kevin Greutert isn’t happy about this move. Check out his response at the end of the article.

This is a crazy development that, if true, sounds like stereotypical Hollywood business and absolutely terrible PR. A report has it that Lionsgate, irked by the fact that Paramount hired long-time Saw editor and recent Saw VI director Kevin Greutert to direct Paranormal Activity 2, has exercised an option on the filmmaker and will oblige him to direct Saw 3D.  That’s right — the studio is, in essence, forcing Greutert to make the seventh Saw film so that he can’t help Paramount with  the rival Paranormal Activity franchise. 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