Back in fall of 2004 we had the first film in the Saw franchise released. The film starred Tobin Bell, Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. One of the stars of the film, Whannell, was also responsible for writing the screenplay for the first three Saw films. Since then there have been several Saw films that were released that were not written by Whannell as he left the franchise. There is even one coming out a little later this year.
So keeping in mind how successful the Saw franchise had been, you would think that Whannell could have continued writing for the franchise. So what happened that led him to the decision to leave? In a recent interview with the writer and director from Cinemablend‘s ReelBlend podcast, he revealed that he had a very simple and a bit humorous reason for not making any more Saw films.
“One of the reasons I had to step away from the Saw films I felt was that I couldn’t think up any more ways to creatively kill somebody, or dismember them. I was like ‘I’m burned out on this.’ And they kept going and making those movies, but I just had to step away,” said Whannell.
That’s right, Whannell stopped writing Saw movies simply because he couldn’t or just didn’t want to come up with new and creative ways to kill people. Of course in any kind of horror film usually creative kills are very important. Now in the Saw franchise, took creative kills to another level. With the combination of creative kills and moral dilemmas. Not to mention the victims usually having to seriously hurt themselves in order to try and save their own lives. There were some moments in these films that I definitely turned away because the scenes were just brutal.
I can completely understand being tiered of just writing different screenplays that focus on a killer that builds elaborate traps and puzzles that tortures and kills it’s victims. Maybe he just wanted to think about other things, happier things. Or maybe not as Whannell went on to create the Insidious franchise and even making his directorial debut in the third film of that franchise.
Now this weekend is the debut of his third film The Invisible Man, which he directed and wrote. The film stars Elisabeth Moss and has been well received by critics as it has been certified fresh by Rotton Tomatoes. This film is a lot different from the Saw franchise so at least he is doesn’t have to worry too much about creative deaths. What do you think of his reason for leaving the Saw franchise? Let us know in the comment section below!
Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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