The new Saw movie, Jigsaw, gets an official poster ahead of its appearance at this year's International Comic-Con. In the 1980s and '90s, the horror genre was dominated by franchises, such as A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, and Child's Play. In the 2000s and beyond though, the dominant horror franchise has become a lot rarer, with the current go-to example being the James Wan-created Conjuring universe. Few horror series were more popular in the last decade than Saw though, which Wan also had a hand in creating. Earning over $100 million worldwide on a budget of only $1.2 million, the original Saw took Hollywood by storm, spawning 6 sequels to date.
Lionsgate made the wise decision to keep the budgets on the Saw movies low - the most expensive one topped out at $20 million - making the least financially successful entry Saw VI still a hit, earning nearly $70 million on a budget of $11 million. After the tepid critical and fan reception to 2010's Saw 3D though, Lionsgate seemed to see the writing on the wall, choosing to honor that film's home video subtitle The Final Chapter. At least that was, until last summer, when fans were shocked by the surprise announcement of an 8th film, tentatively titled Saw: Legacy.
Last month, Saw: Legacy was officially re-titled simply Jigsaw, with the film still planned to hit theaters just prior to Halloween. Saw owned October's box office for much of its series run, so putting the latest entry back in that slot makes perfect sense. Now, Arrow in the Head - via Lionsgate - has released the official poster for Jigsaw, as well as announced that Saw's return will be represented during Comic-Con. Check out the poster below, and proceed to the next paragraph for the SDCC details.
While Saw isn't exactly a Hall H level draw, Jigsaw actor Tobin Bell will be signing autographs at SDCC on Friday, July 21 from 1-2pm PST. Later that day, from 5-6pm PST to be exact, Jigsaw's directors Peter and Michael Spierig will be participating in the Reinventing Horror panel.
Despite Bell being in attendance at SDCC - and having been confirmed to appear in Jigsaw - the above poster hints at what looks likely to be the central mystery of Saw's 8th entry. With John Kramer having died back in Saw III - appearing only in flashbacks in the following sequels - and prior Jigsaw apprentices Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) both not set to return to the series at this time, one can only guess who has currently opted to take up the Jigsaw mantle and test victims' will to live, this time around.
Source: Arrow in the Head
- Jigsaw/Saw 8 release date: Oct 27, 2017