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.