In a move that’s clever and yet also a bit risky, the forthcoming eighth installment of the Saw horror-movie series has received an official title — and it’s not what we expected. First referred to as Saw: Legacy, the movie will now be known as Jigsaw.
Fans of the long running franchise know that Jigsaw is the name given to John Kramer (Tobin Bell), who devised fiendish traps in a deranged attempt to force individuals to rehabilitate themselves instantly and thus make the world a better place. The traps nearly all inflicted horrible torture upon the victims. The series proved to be quite popular, earning more than $873 million at the box office worldwide.
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (above) was released in 2010 and was, obviously, intended to conclude the series. Six years later, however, we heard that a new installment was on its way.
Let’s sum up what we know so far.
What’s the premise?
The official synopsis has not yet been released, but Bloody Disgusting reports that the movie will “begin with bodies turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps even someone inside the investigation?”
Who wrote the screenplay?
The team of Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D). James Wan and Leigh Whannell wrote the original.
Who is directing? Is it someone with experience directing horror movies?
It’s actually two people: Michael and Peter Spierig, brothers who made their feature debut with the extremely gory zombie comedy Undead, which came out before Saw — so yes, they know horror. Since then, they’ve made Daybreakers and the very cool time-travel movie Predestination.
Again, per Bloody Disgusting, the cast includes Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Bolsvert and James Gomez. Oh, and Tobin Bell, the original Jigsaw, is expected to return “in some capacity.”
What’s the rating?
The movie has been rated R for “for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language.”
When will it be released?
October 27, 2017.