What’s on tap at Comic-Con?
Fans of the Saw series were divided this week when Shock Till You Drop broke the news about a title change occurring to Saw VII, due for release on October 22. The sequel is significant in that it marks the return of Cary Elwes, picks up where part six left off (a chapter that appeared to tie up many loose strings) and is, of course, in 3D.
If you missed our previous report, we were informed the title of the new entry would be Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive. However, I got on the horn with producer Mark Burg and Oren Koules today to discuss the moniker change.
Burg clarifies, “The title of the movie is Saw 3D.”
“The Traps Come Alive” is simply a tagline. Koules notes, “It’s a tagline that was added in and misinterpreted. Most of our movies have taglines. One of the things we talked about during the campaign – especially with shooting in the 3D process, the traps really do come alive and we wanted that clear in the campaign. But the title of the film is Saw 3D.”
Directed by Kevin Greutert, the producers say part seven was the right time to introduce 3D into the franchise. “We talked about doing six in 3D, but the technology wasn’t there to meet our needs. We like to shoot these movies tight, fast and not long shots. Technology caught up to us and we took the movie and literally designed traps for the 3D.” Koules says it would have been too cumbersome to call the film Saw VII 3D and wouldn’t have the impact they wanted to make. “It was such a process in 3D, so much hard work was put in. Saw VII 3D is too much. This is like a new movie. There are, I think, eleven traps in this movie. To have that many traps, it’s just a completely different experience for the hardcore fans.”
“The only reason there is a tagline,” adds Burg, “is we didn’t want to confuse people and make them think we re-did the original Saw in 3D. This is brand-new 3D technology. We talked about shooting six and then converting it in 3D, but we didn’t like the quality of it.”
Expect an announcement from Lionsgate soon in regards to what fans will get at Comic-Con. “It’s going to be different than what we’ve done before,” says Koules. “We’re going to be at Comic-Con but we’re not in Comic-Con.” The footage the duo intended to show at the event can’t get approved for Comic-Con audiences, so they’ve got another scheme cooked up.
Ah, more mystery from the Saw team.
“Saw 3D is Saw on steroids,” Burg promises. “It’s that good. I don’t want to over-hype it, but it takes Saw to the next level. Greutert is the most talented of the Saw directors we’ve worked with.”
Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor