So, Saw 2 opens huge. I am in the middle of a fantasy, my first Hollywood movie opens #1 at the box office.
Lets recap – before SAW 2, I was couch surfing and eating ramen noodles for every meal… Now I am a horror director with a movie that made millions. So what’s next? Well, SAW 3 of course.
Actually, not of course. The decision to do Saw 3 came after MUCH debate. I had just gone to Vegas and got a black jack. Do I really want to double down? Or, should I just walk away? That was the question…
Part of me wanted to move on and do an original film – the other part of me wanted to go right back, and pick up where I left off with SAW 2. So, fuck it… Let’s double down.
In some respects I was more nervous going into SAW 3 than I was SAW 2. I had a lot more riding on the film’s success. I felt that I was being watched under a microscope by a lot of people…
Can lightning strike twice?
SAW 3, was by far my favorite of the SAW films I directed. While it was probably the goriest it was also the most emotional. It was also the most collaborative of the three sequels. I worked nightly with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, and Leigh Whannell turning what easily could have been ‘just another horror sequel’ into something I was very proud of.
So after SAW 2, I had no clue how quickly I would be back behind the camera. So obviously the first thing I did was go out and buy a puppy… Two days after buying her, I get the call, “Get on a plane, you’re doing SAW 3.”
So, off I go… Puppy in hand – I am back off to Toronto.
SAW 3 was greenlit so quickly after SAW 2’s opening – I never really had anytime to let anything sink in. I was still in shock, and constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.