December 6, 2005

“Saw” film producer Hoffman dies at age 42

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film producer Gregg Hoffman, who
with his partners turned a $1 million horror movie called "Saw"
into a $102 million hit, has died at the age of 42, associates
said on Tuesday.

Lions Gate Entertainment, which distributed "Saw" and its
successor "Saw II," said Hoffman died on Sunday in a Hollywood
hospital of natural causes but gave no specifics. An autopsy is

"Saw," financed by Hoffman and his partners at Twisted
Pictures, cost about $1 million to make but reaped $102 million
worldwide at the box office when it was released in October
2004. The sequel "Saw II" brought in even more earlier this
year, and a third movie in the series was in production.

"Saw" is the grisly story of a serial killer called Jigsaw
who devises intricate situations to get his victims to kill
each other.

Hoffman and his partners independently financed their films
which allowed them to reap the profits, a fact that led Hoffman
to tell the Los Angeles Times that he had hit the jackpot.

Hoffman "had the uncanny ability to pursue creative and
professional endeavors in a collaborative and inspiring
fashion, traits all too rare in our industry," said Peter
Block, president of production at Lions Gate.