Exclusive: James Wan and Leigh Whannell Talk About the Success of SAW, INSIDIOUS, and Reveal They’re Doing a Sci-Fi Film Next Year!

     October 18, 2010

In 2004, director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell released a small movie called Saw.  After the enormous success of the first Saw, Lionsgate has released a Saw sequel every Halloween with Saw 3D getting released October 29.  The films have gone on to gross over $600 million at the worldwide box office.

Cut to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. At this year’s Festival, the two filmmakers premiered their new haunted house movie Insidious to incredible reviews and almost immediately after the film premiered, Sony bought the movie and they’re going to release it around the world.  Not bad for a genre most considered dead.

So when I was able to speak to them at this year’s Scream Awards, we talked about both the Saw franchise and Insidious. While that was cool, towards the end of the interview, Whannell revealed their next film is going to be sci-fi and they’re hoping to shoot it next year!  Hit the jump for more:

Here’s the interview with Wan and Whannell.  If you want to hear about this sci-fi movie…it’s towards the end of the interview.  Look for more Scream Award red carpet interview soon.  The 2010 Scream Awards air October 19 at 9pm/8c on Spike TV.

James Wan and Leigh Whannell

  • They talk about the crazy success of the Saw movies
  • 1:20 – Insidious talk. They talk about how they take a familiar genre and twist it
  • 2:25 – What is the next franchise they’re going to reinvent
  • 3:10 – Leigh Whannell says they’re working on a sci-fi film.  Says they won’t do the conventional thing
  • 3:40 – Will they go the studio path or make it indie. They say they want to get some money to do the effects but also keep creative freedom
  • 4:20 – Says they’re aiming to do the sci-fi film late next year


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