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'Saw' Co-Creator James Wan Gets Icon-ic

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Director James Wan (pictured above right) is something of a modern-day horror pioneer thanks to his wildly successful Saw franchise (co-created with Leigh Whannell, above left). Now the filmmaker, whose Insidious debuts at this year's SXSW, has just signed a deal to produce eight genre movies. More after the jump.

Variety reports that Wan has inked an eight-picture deal with Icon Entertainment. The plan is produce two films per year, starting with House of Horror, based on a story by Wan and to be directed by Javier Gutierrez. "Max La Bella wrote the screenplay, and Wan and Lee Clay will produce. Wan declined to reveal details of the pic's plot."

"'The idea is to produce small, scary, low-budget pics that I enjoy making,' Wan says. 'I don't see myself coming up with any romantic-dramedy ideas right now.'"

"While the deal is set for him to produce and develop the pics," says the trade website, "Wan said he wouldn't dismiss the idea of directing one of them if the opportunity and timing are right."

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