Both Fangoria and Bloody-Disgusting have learned that Saw III production designer and second unit director David Hackl is in heavy talks to direct Lionsgate's Saw IV, which is scheduled to be released on October 26, 2007.

Fangoria reports that within days of SAW III's successful opening last year (grossing $142 million worldwide), SAW IV was announced -- without the involvement of original creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell and SAW II and Saw III director Darren Lynn Bousman. Twisted and Lionsgate commissioned a number of writers to pen the next installment, with a total of four scripts vying for production.

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