Saw, created by Leigh Whannell and James Wan, came out in 2004. With it spawned a new and terrifying franchise and a killer who liked to play games. This killer was known as Jigsaw, and was played by Tobin Bell. It also spawned seven sequels: Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw: The Final Chapter (2010), and Jigsaw (2017). Now, the Saw game looks to begin again, with Chris Rock (Grown Ups) working with Lionsgate and Rock being the executive producer of the ninth film in the franchise.
According to Variety, Joe Drake, the chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, was in the moment he heard Rock make the pitch:
“This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous ‘Saw’ films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”
Rock has always been a huge fan of the Saw franchise, saying that he is “excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place”. The as-of-yet untitled film will be produced by Mark Burg and Oren Koules, who both produced previous films in the franchise. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II), will sit in the director’s chair for this iteration. Wan, Whannell, and Daniel Heffner will executive produce, all of whom have produced previous films in the franchise as well.
The film, advertised as a spin-off of the Saw movies, will be released on October 23, 2020, keeping to the franchise tradition of all the Saw films having October release dates.
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