After seven Saw movies, the franchise was rebooted in 2017, seven years after Saw 3D. The reboot, titled Jigsaw, was not the boon to the series directors Peter & Michael Spierig hoped it would be. It was the second-lowest grossing film in the franchise.
But even with this less than stellar label, the movie still earned $103 million worldwide on a reported budget of $10 million - that's quite a profit. Another Saw movie was almost a given, with the amount of money the eightquel (yes, we've made that up) earned.
The direction the Saw series was going in, however, came as quite a surprise. Lionsgate announced on May 16 none other than comedian Chris Rock had put forward the idea for Saw 9 (the title of whichhas not yet been confirmed).
It was described as a "reimagining and a spinning-off of the franchise."
"When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in," said Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake.
"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."
So what can we expect from this new game?
Saw reboot release date: When's it out?
Lionsgate first announced the US release date for Saw 9 on October 23, 2020. This fit into the previous movies' Halloween-timed release dates. However, the reboot was surprisingly moved forward five months to May 15, 2020.
Some presume the move is down to the scheduling conflict with the hotly anticipated Halloween Kills. After all, 2018's Halloween reboot was both commercially and critically lauded - unlike the other Saw movies. But there is also a possibility the reboot is simply trying to distance itself from the previous Saw movies, for obvious reasons.
Filming started on the movie in Toronto on July 8 under the working title of The Organ Donor, but no official title has yet been announced for the movie.
Saw reboot cast: Who's in it?
As well as creating the idea, Rock will star in the movie as a police detective whose father is played by none other than Samuel L Jackson.
The only other confirmed cast members at this time are The Handmaid's Tale star Max Minghella as Rock's partner William Schenk and Marisol Nichols as Captain Angie Garza, Rock's boss.
Could we see some familiar faces return? Co-writer Josh Stolberg has posted some on-set photos of Hannah Anderson, who played Eleanor in Jigsaw, and Alison Luther, who had a minor role as Jane in Saw IV.
We're still waiting for any confirmation that Tobin Bell will appear in the movie as John Kramer, but it'd be the first Saw movie to not feature him if he's not in it.
Saw reboot plot: What can we expect?
Jigsaw writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg are back on writing duties for the new Saw movie, based on a story that was created by Rock.
Little is known about the plot other than it sees Rock's detective "investigating a series of grizzly crimes". So far, so Saw.
But it's definitely not a sequel to Jigsaw.
"I can say with pretty much certainly that our new film will NOT be called Jigsaw 2. But I don't make the decisions, so who knows. But it's NOT a sequel to Jigsaw. It's DEFINITELY in the timeline of ALL the films though," wrote Stolberg on Twitter.
I can say with pretty much certainly that our new film will NOT be called Jigsaw 2. But I don't make the decisions, so who knows. But it's NOT a sequel to Jigsaw. It's DEFINITELY in the timeline of ALL the films though.— Josh Stolberg (@joshstolberg) June 24, 2019
Behind the scenes, Darren Lynn Bousman is back directing (having directed three Saw movies to date) and long-time Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are also returning.
Saw reboot trailer: Any new footage?
As of writing, there is still no trailer. The movie only began filming in July, after all. There may be a whisper of a Halloween 2019 treat in the form of an early teaser. But in all likelihood, a trailer should arrive around early 2020.
The untitled Saw movie is out on May 15, 2020.
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