With “Saw VI” bleeding its way into theaters this weekend, not only is it time once again for the annual October franchise, but it’s also time for another autumn tradition: chatter about the production of the next film. And now that word is out on “Saw VII” being filmed in 3-D, the series stars are eager to talk to us about how it might impact Jigsaw’s master plan.
“I’ve never acted in a 3-D film,” explained Tobin Bell, a veteran actor looking forward to diving into the realm many consider to be the future of blockbuster moviemaking, but promising he’ll still be the same old John Kramer. “I don’t plan to do anything different than I always do.”
“It’s going to be in your face,” promised Costas Mandylor, who has spent the last three films evolving from a police officer into Jigsaw’s apprentice. “I just know that 3-D is like you’re almost in the room. I hope I get to play around with it.”
While it’s safe to say that Tobin’s evil mastermind will always have some sort of presence in future “Saw” films, Mandylor was quick to point out that he isn’t aware yet whether he’ll be participating in “Saw VII.”
“We’re not sure how this movie ends, and I have no idea what’s going to happen to my character,” he reasoned. “If I get lucky enough, I’ll try the 3-D thing. They’re not stupid; they’ve done it right so far. So as far as ‘VII’ goes, it will be different.”
Bell said that for himself and the other actors, working in 3-D for the first time will require a bit of early tutoring – but that it should also inject a level of freshness to the blood, guts and gore we’ve all come to appreciate. “I’m hoping we will have some wonderful technicians on the set, specialists who will tell me ‘No, reach this way, don’t reach that way,’” he explained. “I’m sure there‘ll be some constraints, but there will always be constraints on actors… Those are all special effects, and that’s not what they hire me for.”
“They hire me to bring some sense of humanity to a person who is very complex,” Bell explained, promising the “Saw” series won’t let 3-D change it too dramatically. “Hopefully I can simplify [things] in some way, so the viewers identify with me.”
Do you think the “Saw” series is better suited for 3-D than most horror films? Or do its psychological elements make it harder to imagine as a 3-D flick?