He may have survived the events of the Saw franchise, but will Dr Gordon return? It looks as though Cary Elwes has hinted at a possible TV return for the unhinged Jigsaw survivor.
Appearing at the Scarefest Horror and Paranormal Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, Elwes was quizzed about the possibility of making another Saw movie… and whether he’d be up for reprising his role.
“Oh, absolutely,” he said (according to Dread Central), suggesting that this would depend on the franchise taking a very different direction: “Like, say… a TV series.” Apparently, his statement was accompanied by a rather knowing smile, and that’s led some to believe that a ‘Saw’ TV show may well be in the works.
Of course, it all began back in 2004, when the low budget Saw opened to a box office smash, making a whopping $120 million off the back of a meagre $1.2 million budget. Unfortunately, it just didn’t stop there.
Following up with a series of grizzly sequels, the Saw movies gradually pushed the boundaries of gore, using every excuse under the sun to tear victims limb from limb. All for the pleasure of cinema-going audiences.
But perhaps this is where a TV series might bring the franchise back to what made the first film quite so brilliant.
If a Saw TV series ever ended up on our screens, it would surely have to tone down some of the ultra-violence that later instalments have been overusing. Instead, it would be great to see it return to a twisted version of the police-procedural… with hints of what Jigsaw (or Gordon himself depending on the time frame) have been up to.
It’s an interesting concept and I can’t help thinking it’s likely to score quite a hefty audience if handled correctly. But given the more recent splatter-fests of later instalments, I certainly don’t hold out much hope.
Would you watch a Saw TV show? Would you want to watch more of Jigsaw’s exploits or see Dr Gordon continuing his good work? Let us know what you think in the comments below…