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Mark Burg on the Saw Morality

Published June 26, 2007 in Movie News
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate.
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Saw movies might continue to do big business if it were just a collection of gory traps that tear victims apart, but the filmmakers aren't resting on those laurels. Each sequel continues the complex mystery and morality of Jigsaw, and producer Mark Burg would not jump right into Saw IV if that could not continue.

Mark Burg on Saw IV


"As good as Tobin is, as good as Darren is, if we didn't have a script that worked, the movie would fail," said Burg. "I love this script. I love it. It's just as exciting or as fun to put together. I got to the end of the movie and I was like, 'Wow, I think this works.' Then you read it again and you're like, 'Yeah, okay, they execute it and it works.' Then Tobin comes in and kind of tweaks his character and Darren comes in and tweaks some of the ideas, puts his spin on it. I don't want to overhype it. I just want people to see it. All I can tell you is you're going to get to the end of the movie and people will go, 'Oh my God, how did I not see that coming?' Which for me is the thrill of a lifetime, to be able to sit in an audience and see that reaction on people's face."

Now written by the team of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, it's still Saw "by having Darren, by having Tobin, by having us. Leigh's still one of the executive producers. We made sure he blessed the script before we shot and it works."



Burg continues the practice of a movie a year. Production-wise, it's always doable. "It's never been easy. It's just hard coming up with a good script that quickly. And we're working on Saw V right now. Part of the day is dealing with Saw IV and the other part of the day is dealing with the writers on ideas for Saw V. Our team is so good. It's the same cinematographer, same production designer, same costume designer, same line producer, same prop master, same special effects man. These guys, they all kind of look forward to us coming to Toronto to start. It's always the same crew. It's kind of like going to a camp and everyone comes back every summer."

With the latest sequel, Saw sets an industry precedent. "There has never been a franchise that has done four in a row. Some of the Halloweens did three in a row but they never were able to do four in a row, and we wanted to do it. We had such a good idea that came actually to Oren, my partner. We were playing around with different storylines and he called me up and he goes, 'You're not going to believe what I saw.' And I was like, 'Oh my God.' We got so excited that it works."

Saw IV will arrive this Halloween.

Stay tuned for updates.


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