Leigh Whannell is currently enjoying the success of his new film, The Invisible Man, which opened at the top of the US box office and has reviewed well. The director and writer, who has just signed on to create more horror films for Blumhouse, is also instrumental in one of the most important horror franchises of the 2000s–he wrote and starred in the original Saw, and then wrote Saw II and III as well.
In an interview with Fandom, Whannell has reflected on the Saw films–particularly the first one–and recalls that he and director James Wan had lower aspirations than you might expect. “We never intended that movie to connect with people the way it did,” he says. “Our goal was to make a straight-to-video film. This was 2003. Video stores were still a thing.” Whannell says that he and Wan were big fans of video stores, and that they thought “it would really be cool if we could land in Blockbuster on that shelf.”
Saw went on to gross over $100 million worldwide on a budget of $1.2 million, and the series continued to expand from there. Whannell’s last writing credit for the series was on Saw III, which ends with the brutal death of Jigsaw, the serial killer behind the film’s murders. “The last Saw movie I wrote was the third one and I killed the villain,” Whannell recalls. “Doesn’t get more definitive than that. He’s dead!”
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