To say that the Saw franchise was a big success would be something of an understatement. Seven out of the last ten years have seen a new Saw movie get a release, which is a danged impressive feat when you factor in that the original was a pretty low budget affair that was mostly shot in one dirty room, came from a relatively unknown director, and really only featured admittedly awesome but past their sell-by date actors like Carey Elwes, Danny Glover, and Dina Meyer as its stars. By the time Saw VI rolled around, six years of Saw movies in a row was starting to feel like a little bit too many puzzle games and mutilations though, and the box office returns faded slightly as a result. What’s the overseer of a huge horror movie franchise to do once interest in their particular brand of mayhem begins to fade? The textbook play is to drum up hype for your next sequel by claiming that it’s going to be the final film, so that’s what Lionsgate did when they marketed the seventh and “final” Saw film as Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. And a new report that there is currently a Saw VIII in development points to the fact that they’re also adhering to the second phase of that textbook play: going back on your promise and finding a way to tack even more sequels on anyway.