Saw 3D, the seventh in the longrunning series starring Tobin Bell, is due for release later this year (10) but studio bosses were unhappy when the bloody new picture was slapped with a restrictive adults-only R rating by executives at the Motion Picture Association of America.
Producers had to omit several violent sequences and the film was re-edited and resubmitted six times before they were finally granted a NC-17 rating, which means children under the age of 17 can see the movie if they are accompanied by an adult.
Producer Oren Koules tells USA Today, "I'm surprised we got it. It's more violent than any of them. But it's in 3D, it answers all the questions, it comes full circle. We have the goods on this one."
He also confirmed the franchise will definitely end after the seventh film, adding, "It's time to stop. We have told the story we wanted to tell, and this is going to be a great farewell."
Saw 3D will be released on 29 October (10) to coincide with Halloween (31Oct10).
ComingSoon reports that Saw 3D star Tobin Bell will join Lionsgate and the movie's producers to announce at this week's Comic-Con in San Diego that the latest upcoming Saw flick, the seventh in as many years, will be the series' last.
"It's time to stop," producer Oren Koules told USA Today. "We have told the story we wanted to tell, and this is going to be a great farewell."
For the final installment of the franchise, director Kevin Greutert is pulling out all the stops: the film has twice as many booby traps as average, will be filmed in 3D, and has considerably upped the ante in terms of gore.
"I'm surprised we got it," said producer Mark Burg, referring to the film's R-rating, which required six reedits. "It's more violent than any of them. But it's in 3-D, it answers all the questions, it comes full circle. We have the goods on this one."
In the no-longer-NC-17 Saw 3D, "a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy and a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror."
Saw 3D stars Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Gina Holden, and Sean Patrick Flanery. The bloodiest Saw yet is expected to hit theaters October 22nd, as usual just in time for Halloween.
Update: Check out the just-released trailer below, which comes straight from Comic-Con and IGN:
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Saw and Saw II producer Gregg Hoffman died suddenly on Dec. 4 at the age of 42.
The Phoenix-native was admitted to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital overnight after complaining of neck pain. Lions Gate Entertainment, who distributed his latest films, issued a statement on Monday, declaring he had died of natural causes. However, an autopsy is pending.
Hoffman's tragic death comes less than two months after Saw II hit the top spot in the US box office, grossing $85 million since its October opening.
Oren Koules, one of Hoffman's partners at Twisted Pictures, says, "He never put himself in front of anybody. He never did anything for the ego--everything he did was for the betterment of the movie."
The producer is survived by his widow Lucienne, their children Jared and Luke, mother Stephanie and sister Tracy.
A memorial service has been scheduled for Dec. 8 at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
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