Saw: Legacy Gets A Release Date

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Lionsgate has dated Saw: Legacy for October 27, 2017.

Saw: Legacy will be directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. While Saw: Legacy is currently the only wide release dated for the pre-Halloween weekend, Insidious: Chapter 4 is scheduled for released the week prior, setting up a potential horror movie box office showdown.

As previously reported, Saw: Legacy is expected to begin filming in Toronto in September 2016.

Saw: Legacy will be the first new film in the Saw franchise since Saw 3D, a.k.a. Saw: The Final Chapter was released in 2010. The franchise began with Saw in 2004. The film was directed by James Wan, who is now directing Aquaman for Warner Bros. Darren Lyn Bousman stepped into the director role for Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. David Hackl directed Saw V and Kevin Greutert directed Saw VI and Saw: The Final Chapter.

Saw’s central character is John Kramer, a.k.a. the “Jigsaw Killer” or more simply “Jigsaw.” In contrast to simple slashers who chase and murder their victims, Jigsaw prefers to trap his victims in intense situations of physical and/or psychological torture, which he refers to as “tests” or “games.” Kramer was killed in Saw III, but his apprentices have carried on his work through the sequels.

Saw 3D was not originally intended to be The Final Chapter. A sequel was planned, but the reduced box office of Saw VI compared to its predecessors led Lionsgate to cancel previously laid plans for a Saw VIII. The studio apparently feels the time is right to give a franchise another chance.