For a while it was an annual tradition to have a #Saw film released every Halloween. However, the tradition came to a close in 2010 when Lionsgate wrapped up the Saw franchise with Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. The finale didn't go over too well with most fans and it left us with more questions than answers — and gallons of pink blood; but we are apparently being given another opportunity to revisit this horror franchise.
Lionsgate has reportedly hired writers Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger to pen an eighth installment of the franchise, Saw: Legacy. Stolberg and Goldfinger have horror experience as they've written films such as Piranha 3D, Sorority Row, Clown, and Crawlspace. They are replacing previous Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, as well as original writers James Wan and Leigh Whannell. It's also rumored that James Wan and Leigh Whannell will return as executive producers, as they have since Saw II.
Will It Release In Time For Halloween?
Obviously there is no plot yet and there have been no casting announcements, so they probably have no idea what the hell they are going to do to resurrect this franchise. We have already had an eighth Saw film rumored to be happening since 2011, so it very well might die out before it even gets going.
As a fairly devoted Saw fan back in the day, I have to say that I don't have too much faith in this. For me, Saw pretty much ended with Saw III, when Leigh Whannell walked away. At this point, they've let five years pass. I highly doubt it will get fast-tracked for a release this Halloween, leaving a seven year gap in between Saw 3D and Saw: Legacy. That is more than enough time for our previous characters to have disappeared, died, or have gotten busted by the police.
What Can We Expect To See In 'Saw: Legacy'?
Even with that said, my prediction is they will likely continue on with an existing character. If they are going with any previous characters carrying on John Kramer's legacy (don't underestimate the title), we might see the return of Daniel Matthews, Diana Gordon, or Corbett Denlon-Reinhart. They were the youngest victims to survive and would make the most realistic candidates for a new Jigsaw. Out of the options, I would say Diana is the most likely, seeing as her father was a direct accomplice to John Kramer. Corbett and Daniel both were victims and had parents die, but neither of them had parents directly involved.
As far as the actors are concerned, each of them has had a fairly decent career since Saw. Erik Knudsen played our "bad boy" son, Daniel, in Saw II and has since been seen in films and television shows such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scream 4, Continuum, and Jericho. Makenzie Vega played Diana Gordon way back in the first Saw film in 2004. Since then she has been a series regular on The Good Wife and appeared in films such as Sin City. Niamh Wilson played Corbett in Saw III-VI and has had an impressive career since. She has appeared as a series regular on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Debra, additionally appearing on shows like Falling Skies, Hemlock Grove, and Runaway. Basically, all three of these actors have done well and could potentially return to Saw if they were approached. It's just a waiting game to see what direction the writers will take with this eighth installment.