This morning I headed down to Lionsgate to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Saw. As a horror fan it blows my mind that it was ten years ago that writer Leigh Whannell and James Wan changed the genre forever with their tiny, original film. People forget how innovative the original Saw was (and how comparatively non-violent it actually is when stacked up against the sequels – a few of which I like as well). While the bulk of our conversation centered around that franchise (in addition to the two other successful horror franchises Wan has helped launch – Insidious and The Conjuring) we did briefly touch on Fast & Furious 7 and how working with that expanded budget compares to the relatively small amount of money Wan spent on Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring. I found his answer to be refreshingly honest and hopeful, so I’ve decided to share it with you now.
The rest of the interview, which has a lot of really good stuff, will be hitting next week closer to the theatrical re-release of Saw on October 31st. Wan personally oversaw a new transfer of that film for this release and it apparently looks better than ever. Hit the jump for his thoughts on Fast & Furious 7.