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It's the curse of adding the words 'the final chapter' to any entry in a film franchise: as soon as you've declared a movie to be the last in the series, it won't be. You could almost hear the chortling from audiences when those words appeared on screen for last year's 'Saw: The Final Chapter.' But the arguable ruse of the franchise's retirement is evidently starting to show signs of weakness. Recently, Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns appeared on CNBC. In addition to dancing around the possible merger deal with Summit Entertainment, Burns let slip that the 'Saw' series may not be as dead as Jigsaw's litany of victims. When discussing Lionsgate's various franchises and their futures, Burns mentioned that he's certain that someday we'll see 'Saw' 'back in the picture.' Does he know something he's not telling, or is this just conjecture?
Regardless of whether this is something actually in the works or just a lot of big talk, somewhere Tobin Bell is likely practicing his Jigsaw voice once again. We've made plenty of jokes about how Jigsaw is going to become the next Freddy or Jason in terms of longevity of franchise, and now it looks like 'Saw' is moving closer to achieving this dubious honor. It would certainly be fitting considering 'Friday the 13th Part IV' was also dubbed 'The Final Chapter,' only to prove to be not even the midpoint of the series. Is there a reason to continue this franchise beyond the pursuit of further box office returns? If there is, it's hard to see without a script or, heck, even an official announcement that another sequel is in the works. You can click here to see the rest of the interview.
Would anyone be interested in another 'Saw' film, or have you seen enough?