Saw is a horror franchise distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment that consists of seven films and two video games, published by Konami. The franchise began with the 2003 short film which was created by Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell to pitch as a potential feature film. This was successfully done in 2004 with the release of the first feature film at the Sundance Film Festival. It was released theatrically the following October. The sequels were directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, David Hackl and Kevin Greutert and were written by Wan, Whannell, Bousman, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and have been released subsequently every October, on the Friday before Halloween. The creators wrote the script for Saw, Saw II and Saw III. Both of the creators remained with the franchise as executive producers. On July 22, 2010, Mark Burg confirmed that Saw 3D is the final installment of the series. Series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are still open to continuing the series, however, if they can do something "different" with the material. The films collectively grossed over $848 million at the box office worldwide.