The co-director of the latest entry in the Saw franchise has promised fans that it won't disappoint them. Michael Spierig, who filmed Jigsaw along with his brother Peter, stated that there is plenty to look forward to in the film and longtime fans can expect more of the same, but perhaps with a lighter touch. Lionsgate has also released another teaser image for an elaborate trap in the movie, to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con.
The upcoming film is chronologically the eighth film in the highly successful horror franchise, but is generally considered to be something of a reboot after Saw 3D: The Final Chapter in 2010. There had been numerous rumors about another sequel being developed during 2016, but this was only confirmed when Michael and Peter Spierig were announced as directors in July of that year by Lionsgate. This was soon followed by an October 2017 release date and the inevitable return of the actor Tobin Bell, who has played the character of Jigsaw in every movie despite actually dying in Saw 3. Another surprise was the retitling of the movie from Saw: Legacy to the more iconic Jigsaw.
Speaking to EW ahead of SDCC, Michael Spierig was confident that the latest outing for the morality-driven serial-killer would be a definite return to form and please those fans who had been awaiting another Saw sequel:
"We've got some pretty wild traps in the film. We don't shy away from the gore ... It's such a perfect Halloween scare-fest. It's perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it's still full of good fun gore, that's for sure. And, on top of that, it's got a really great mystery, and there are very interesting twists. It's Saw for 2017."
The co-director also provided another teaser image from the film, which shows five characters with bucket-like contraptions on their heads and a chain leading off to possibly another wicked trap.
The Spierig Brothers have a solid history with the horror medium, having directed the zombie film Undead and the vampire movie Daybreakers. They also directed the time-travel thriller Predestination and are in the post-production stage with the historical horror Winchester. So the franchise is in good hands, even if some hardcore fans may be a bit worried by the references to it being "less vicious" and "more fun". One element that people sometimes forget about the films were the wonderfully convoluted plots and frequent twists, which were as much a part of the experience as the actual blood-letting. So it's encouraging that the brothers seem as keen to emphasise this as much as everything else.
The cast is also notably strong, with Laura Vandervoort playing a main character, along with Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, and Josiah Black. Hopefully further details and traps will be revealed during SDCC and we'll keep you up to date with any further news on Jigsaw.
- Jigsaw/Saw 8 release date: Oct 27, 2017