Jigsaw‘s house is in disarray. Saw 6 director Kevin Greutert has taken to the interwebs to discuss his displeasure with the long-running horror franchise … right before he begins shooting the seventh installment.
Before we get to Greutert’s blog entry, Slashfilm have the details that brought us to this point.
Greutert was the editor of the first five Saw films, and was finally handed the directorial reigns for the sixth entry in the series. Although Saw traditionally won the Halloween weekend, the sixth film was trumped at the box office by surprise hit Paranormal Activity, a film so cheap it made the modestly budgeted Saw films seem like Cleopatra.
Paramount Pictures quickly green-lit a sequel to Paranormal Activity; however, original director Oren Peli, busy on his next feature Area 51, was not available to direct (he will act as producer instead). Greutert was snatched up by Paramount to helm the Paranormal sequel.
Now it gets messy. Lionsgate, no doubt upset at Greutert for jumping ship, exercised their option for the director to helm the seventh Saw film (Saw 3D), thereby throwing the production of Paranormal Activity 2 into disarray. Both films are set to compete once again at Halloween.
Greutert then made the following announcement on his blog:
“I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows. While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers. Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution. Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.“
Not so bad, right. Here comes the heartbreak. Greutert took to his blog once again in a post hilariously entitled: “Woohoo! Lawyers are sending me to Canada tomorrow!”
“I just had the task of telling my 83 year old mother that no, I’m not going to be allowed to direct the movie we were all so excited about when my family last got together, and that I’m being forced to leave town before getting a chance to see her again. Yes, I’ll be filming people getting tortured YET AGAIN. So we’ll have to put off me making a film she can actually watch for another year. I’m not making this shit up.”
So there you go. It already looks as if Greutert has pulled the blog post off his website (a call from Lionsgate’s lawyers will do that).
No director for Paranormal Activity 2 has been announced, despite production beginning in the next couple of weeks.
The real interesting project to watch now is Saw 3D (shockingly). Can we assume that this will be one of the more tense versions of the series so far?
Discuss: I don’t know about you, but Greutert sounds like he’s on the way to becoming a Jigsaw-style vigilante.