Pop Goes The News — Six years after the release of Saw: The Final Chapter, production is about to begin on another Saw movie.
Cameras will roll on Saw: Legacy in Toronto beginning in mid-September.
Set for release in October 2017, it will be the eighth movie in the Saw horror franchise — and the seventh made in Toronto.
No director has been announced but the script was reportedly written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, the pair behind Piranha 3D.
It’s not known if Legacy is a sequel, prequel, or reboot.
The Saw movies have centred on John Kramer (played by Tobin Bell in all seven movies), whose alter ego Jigsaw forces his victims into life-threatening situations. It is not known if Bell will reprise his role.
Among those who have shown up in Saw movies are Donnie Wahlberg, Cary Elwes, Julie Benz, and Costas Mandylor.
The original — based on a short film by James Wan and Leigh Whannell — debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opened in October 2004. It grossed an impressive $104 million worldwide.
In all, the Saw franchise has earned $874 million at the box office. Only one — 2009’s Saw VI — grossed less than $100 million.
Production of Saw: Legacy will be based at Toronto’s Dufferin Gate studios.
The city is home this summer to filming of a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s creepy clown tale It.