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James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration

The writer and director of the original Saw and Insidious talk about working together. The background sound that starts about a minute in is serious drilling going on in an adjacent suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt hotel, a not entirely inappropriate, if unplanned, accompaniment to talking about a haunted house movie.

One Response to “James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration”

  1. Dear James, Leigh & Ray:

    Thank you for filming your video for Movie City News at Park Hyatt Chicago.

    I was hoping that the noise in the background could be used as a sound effect for Saw VII. In all seriousness, please accept our sincere apologies for not exceeding your expectations during your recent stay with us.

    I have shared the details of your experience with our executive committee, and have taken immediate action to focus our hotel efforts in providing the best service our guests are accustomed to.

    I am excited to inform you that a similar occurrence will not reoccur, as our renovations will be complete in June 2011 when we re-introduce the entire seventh floor, including a refreshed NoMI and a new Spa concept.

    We value your business and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

    All my best,

    Lynne Bredfeldt
    Director of Public Relations
    Park Hyatt Chicago

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