'Saw 8' news : 'Piranha 3D' writers hired to pen sequel

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“Saw 8” is officially happening and two writers were hired to pen the story.

The Tracking Board reports that Lionsgate hired Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger to write “Saw: Legacy,” which is the eighth installment in the “Saw” horror franchise. However, the story details have not yet been revealed.

Stolberg and Goldfinger are not new to horror genre. The duo worked together in “Piranha 3D,” “Piranha 3DD,” and “Sorority Row.” Stolberg also penned “Good Luck Chuck,” a romantic comedy starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. He also directed and wrote the story of indie films “Conception” and “Crawlspace.” 

“Saw” is a horror film franchise known for gory scenes and graphic content, and it started in 2004. The creators are Australian filmmaker James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell.

The first installment in the film series, which was directed by Wan and premiered at Sundance in 2004, had a $1.2 million budget. It garnered $103 million sales in the box office worldwide, according to the report of Box Office Mojo. “Saw II” had gross earnings of $147.7 million; “Saw III” garnered $164.9 million; “Saw IV” earned $139.4 million; “Saw V” earned $113.9 million; “Saw VI” garnered $68.2 million; and the latest “Saw 3D” garnered gross earnings of $136.1 million in the worldwide box office.

Back in 2010, after “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” was released, producer Mark Burg said it would be the final installment. However, in 2012, Wan and Whannell announced that they were willing to reboot the film franchise. 

The “Saw” duo worked together as executive producers for the sequels of the horror franchise under the distribution of Lionsgate. Wan continued creating scary movies such as “The Conjuring” and “Insidious,” thus making him popular in horror genre. He also became more renowned for helming “Furious 7,” an action movie.