Lionsgate isn’t letting Jigsaw and his terrifying games stay buried after all. A new installment in the long-running “Saw” franchise was rumored in February, and now a media listing from the Ontario Media Development Group has apparently confirmed both a start date for production and who will be at the helm.
First discovered by Bloody Disgusting, it appears as if Michael and Peter Spierig will direct the latest sequel. The directing duo is best known for their work on 2009’s “Daybreakers,” a futuristic take on vampires, and 2014’s “Predestination,” a twisty sci-fi story based on Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “–All You Zombies–“.
While filming is expected to begin on September 12, it remains unclear if the new movie, currently referred to as “Saw: Legacy,” is a direct sequel to 2010’s “Saw 3D” or a reboot. The previous film outperformed “Saw VI” at the box office with $136 million worldwide, but didn’t fare as well with critics, earning a Tomatometer score of just 9%. The franchise had been on hold at Lionsgate until earlier this year when the rumblings about a new film started making the rounds.
Twisted Pictures co-founders Mark Burg and Oren Koules, who have produced each film in the series. The sequel will presumably be using a screenplay from “Sorority Row” and “Piranha 3DD” writers Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger based on the previous report, which also listed original director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell as Executive Producers.
The “Saw” series began in 2004 and follows the exploits of serial killer and booby-trap connoisseur Jigsaw as he tests people’s determination to live against gruesome puzzles. Six sequel films saw the evolution of Jigsaw’s legacy and the absurd complexity of his murder-puzzles. No release date has been announced for the latest “Saw” sequel.
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