EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Cranston Wanted as Jigsaw in 'Saw' Remake?

Tobin Bell contemplates who will take over the iconic horror role when they reboot the franchise in the future.

Bryan Cranston Wanted as Jigsaw in Saw Remake?

Tobin Bell contemplates who will take over the iconic horror role when they reboot the franchise in the future

Every great horror movie gets remade nowadays, and as we've seen in the super hero genre with the upcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot, no popular property is left dormant for long. Saw 3D is intended to be the final swan song for this long running slasher franchise, but as we all well know, no 'final chapter' is ever the final chapter. Saw may be getting a 'reboot' or a 'remake' sooner than you think.

The franchise continues to pull in hefty sums of money both at the box office and on the home video circuit, so if this Friday's release of Saw 3D proves to be as lucrative as previous chapters in the saga, you can expect more Saw in the very near future. Though, this will be the 'final' installment of this particular run. Which means, yes, they could reboot the entire series. Either that, or they could hand the whole thing off to Cary Elwes's Dr. Gordon, who is returning in Saw 3D for the first time since the original in 2004.

We recently caught up with Tobin Bell, the man behind Saw's classic villain John "Jigsaw" Kramer. We decided to cut to the chase and ask him his thoughts on the Saw remake/reboot now instead of getting his thoughts on it two years down the road. The actor, who is always a joy to talk to, wouldn't name names, but he did hint that he'd like to see both Bryan Cranston and Thomas Jane possibly take over the role in the near future. He also gave us his thoughts on relinquishing the role, and the possibility of Dr. Gordon replacing Jigsaw as the villain in Saw 8:

Two years from now, when they remake Saw, who do you think should take over for Jigsaw? Do you have your eye on any particular actor?

Tobin Bell: There are so many good actors on shows like Breaking Bad, Hung, and some of these great cable shows that are on HBO and Showtime. It's hard for me to give you an answer.

How do you think you'll feel when someone does comes in and takes over the role?

Tobin Bell: If someone has a good idea, they should run with it, whatever it is. I like good writing. And good drama. Everyone is replaceable.

Though they claim this is the last installment, I've heard some murmurings that Cary Elwes' Dr. Gordon is being conditioned to take over with his own Saw franchise? What are your thoughts on that? And would you participate in it?

Tobin Bell: I have not heard anything about that. At all. As an actor, I am interested in good drama. I could care less about the size of roles. I just care that you give me a good script. I will participate in anything.

That leads back into the question: Do you actually think this is the end of Saw? Looking at Final Destination, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, and countless other franchises, when its announced that 'this is the end', it never really is 'the end'. In all likelihood, how possible is Saw 8? And if it happens? Do you think you'll return?

Tobin Bell: I can't refute what you are saying. It is true that this does happen. But I want to take these guys at their word. That this is where they are going. Beyond that? After we did Saw I , I didn't know where we were going after that. It would be hard for me to have any real concept about what is going to happen from here. If it were my project? I would know more. But its not. I can only deal with those things that I have some control over. This is not one of them.

Saw 3D was released October 29th, 2010 and stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Gina Holden, Betsy Russell, Tanedra Howard, Johnny Yong Bosch, Shauna MacDonald, Franky G. The film is directed by Kevin Greutert.


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Comments (55)

  1. Err

    bryan cranston is top notch, but like the dude says, this was just one mans opinion, not an announcement of a greenlit idea, so i won't bother saying that as much as i like cranston, this idea is kinda beneath him.

    4 years agoby @err2005Flag

  2. Cyn

    Oh geez is that all.

    4 years agoby @cyn-de-harvenFlag

  3. TheDude1

    Okay people are freaking stupid on this topic. The only ones that are talking about a remake in this article are the idiots from Movieweb. All Tobin Bell did was answer a hypothetical question about what he thought of a remake down the road. No one from the company itself or any of the directors have said it was going to be remade nor did they even say it was an idea.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  4. Ryan Moran

    what why are they remaking this movie it came out like in 2000 or something its not that old this is so stupied

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  5. DoubleR0522

    WHY ???? THERE IS NO NEED, I SWEAR HOLLYWOOD IS RETARDED SOMETIMES...I SWEAR LOL

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  6. TheDude1

    @b3njamin They aren't remaking it. It is all talk at this point. This site started the talk of a reboot by asking Tobin Bell about the possibility of it. There is no evidence that Lionsgate is actually considering that idea yet.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  7. B3njamin

    Why are they remaking SAW??

    4 years agoby @b3njaminFlag

  8. Dan

    So Movieweb, when are you gonna say this was all just a bad joke?...... please? lol

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. moviegeek

    Up next... The Jigsaw Chronicles.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    ROFL!!!!! WASTE OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  11. Writer220

    This franchise will not be finishing any time soon.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  12. Goodbye

    No Nukes No Nukes.....oops wrong movie.
    No more Saw No more Saw.

    4 years agoby @drifter49Flag

  13. Jimthar

    wow. they just ruined part of saw 7 by RUMORING that gordon will take over for jigsaw. well i guess we know who ISN'T dying in this one. thanks guys. way to ruin the movie for us.

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  14. thedarkknight12

    when the end begins there is another beginning

    4 years agoby @thedarkknight12Flag

  15. ChuChi

    @TheDude1.. well your right but James Wan and Leigh Whannell should milk it. if they wanna be creative in films businness they should continue doing other projects( i know they did some other films) but let saw to rest.. they did a great job writing/directing/producing. cuz they wouldnt be another jigsaw in my eyes. just tobin bell but watever i hope its a joke

    4 years agoby @josedrosaFlag

  16. fanboy

    in it just for the money? typical Hollywood!

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  17. Josh

    Oh, that this was only another classic MovieWeb April Fool's joke.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  18. Drewski37

    i think i need to puke.......ACK!..oh wait it was just a hairball, still reading something like this still makes me want to puke!

    4 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  19. TheDude1

    @remy72883 My god stop acting like you are surprised. If you work for the company that makes these movies you would also want to continue to make them. Milking of movies happens all the time. Just look at the milk master himself James Cameron. Since Avatar was released late last year Avatar has been released twice on DVD/Blu Ray with a third release coming next next and also a rerelease in theaters. Now that is milking.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  20. Remy72883

    just like the Final destination series let this sh*t just die these movies suck, the first one was good and that was IT, i mean god damn i was oping this was the last but it looks like whoever is making these films wants to keep milking them

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  21. Dan

    "I get happy SAW remake want more chapter continue never stop"

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Major Tom

    @Jfemo44 Want to try that again, only with an added pinch of literacy?

    4 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  23. Major Tom

    WHEN?!?!?!? So, is this a sure thing? We don't even have the last one yet, and we're already talking reboot? Gawd, when will we finally let this series, and for that matter, the whole "torture porn" genre, die? Do people really find this entertaining?

    4 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  24. moviegeek

    In my THREE years on this site, I have NEVER been so baffled by a news article. EVER.

    I can't think of the words to describe my disbelief for every word in this article. Come to think of it, I don't want to waste time even trying.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  25. Cyn

    I'm sorry - am I READING that right?? A Saw REMAKE? Wow, what's out next week? Cos they'll be remaking that by the end of the year.

    4 years agoby @cyn-de-harvenFlag

  26. JOSE_CTM

    Saw Sux No Point. The Only Good One Was the 1st One. All The Other Ones Sucked Balls. Which Is Why I Never Bothered To Watch After The 3rd One. F*ck The Franchise.

    4 years agoby @jose-ctmFlag

  27. Jfemo44

    YES!!! I get happy SAW remake want more chapter continue never stop :-D!!! I wish it remake on 2012 or 2013.....

    4 years agoby @jfemo44Flag

  28. TheDude1

    @josedrosa The creators of SAW(James Wan and Leigh Whannell) won't say no to anymore sequels for a couple reasons. First they are still involved with the movies as Executive Producers and second they still make money from each sequel. Now as for a remake my guess they would be against that at this early stage of the SAW franchise. Yes there are already 7 movies but the series has only been around for 7 years.

    I am a hardcore SAW fan. I have seen every SAW movie since number 2 twice in there opening weekends and that won't change this year either. My concern over a remake is how can you actually do it? These movies are highly based on stories that revolve around plot twist. You couldn't remake the original SAW with the same plot twist because everyone would see it coming. They would have to rewrite everything.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  29. K.Guy

    JUST STOP IT WITH THE SAWS ALREADY, WILL YAH!!!!!????? REMAKES, SEQUELS, PREQUELS, JUST STOP AND GIVE IT A BREAK!!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  30. chasher

    The new one has not even hit theaters let and there talking remake,no way in f**king hell,they need to come up with more new stuff and stop ripping off these other movies for a quick buck,dam they suck monkey balls

    4 years agoby @chasherFlag