I am a regular lurker on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and, whilst doing research for another article on here, I noticed something quite interesting: an entry for Saw 8 had been added. For people who don't know me, Saw is my favourite film franchise and seeing another addition would be brilliant, in my opinion.
Various rumours and fake trailers for Saw 8 have made numerous appearances on YouTube and message boards. From the look of its IMDb page, it got added a while ago and the original writers (Leigh Whannel and James Wan) and Tobin Bell, who plays the Jigsaw Killer, have been added to the cast and crew section. Then, on 31st March 2015, Lionsgate uploaded an image from the fifth film onto its Facebook page, seemingly without much reason. This is the top comment for the image and Lionsgate's reply:
Possible hint to the eighth film being made? Another hint comes from a few months later, in May, when the site Release Date Portal put up an article titled 'Saw 8 Release Date June 2016'. While this article doesn't confirm anything, it does include some interesting quotes from producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules about their plans for making another Saw film, as well as bringing the original writer and director back:
"James and Leigh…when Saw came out they were so afraid of being ‘the Saw guys’ and they were trying to make their own mark. Now that they’ve made their own mark, they’re very comfortable to come back. It’s one of the reasons we agreed to do this again...Our goal is to go to Comic-Con, not next summer but the summer after  with our heads up saying, ‘Here we go'"
I don't think we'll know whether anything's been set in stone until next year at some point, but I'm definitely feeling hopeful for this! I'll post updates on this project once they become available.