Saw reboot: Everything you need to know

Ian Sandwell
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2017's attempted reboot of the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, didn't quite fall into place, becoming the second-lowest grossing outing of the series.

However, we always expected that it wasn't the end of Saw since it still made $103 million worldwide from a reported $10 million budget. What we didn't expect, though, was the next step in the twisted horror franchise.

On May 16, Lionsgate announced that none other than Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock – is behind a new Saw movie, described as a "reimagining and a spinning-off of the franchise".

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"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?

We don't have too long to wait for the new movie as Lionsgate have confirmed a US release of October 23, 2020. There's no confirmed UK date yet, but we'd imagine it'll be around the same time as they'll want it out for Halloween.

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What it will be called remains to be seen. Technically, it's Saw 9, but since it's a reboot, we imagine it'll go the Jigsaw route with a title that makes it distinct from the main series.

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 Chris Rock, who is also executive producing (although it's not clear if he'll appear in the movie too).

As for what that story is, we don't know all that much at the moment, or if it'll be directly linked to Jigsaw with the writers back on board.

Jigsaw ended with Logan Nelson (Matt Passmore) carrying on John Kramer's twisted work, having been his first apprentice a decade earlier. So could Rock's movie continue on that idea of a new era of Jigsaw killers carrying on Kramer's mission?

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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, so we can expect the movie to have some connection to what's come before.

Whether that's just as an Easter egg or reference remains to be seen.

"Chris wants to put his own spin on the Saw franchise in the way Eddie Murphy put a completely fresh perspective on buddy-cop films with 48 Hours," said Burg and Koules.

"This new Saw is going to be an event film in the making for horror fans. It will have all of the twists and turns and hardcore layers that our fans expect."

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Saw reboot trailer: Any new footage?

Nothing as of yet as the movie hasn't even started filming, but there's a chance we could get a Halloween treat later this year. Otherwise, you're looking at early 2020.

The untitled Saw movie is out on October 23, 2020.

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