The forthcoming "Saw X" is slated to jumble the chronology of the Saw franchise in an intriguing twist. This week, Lionsgate unveiled intriguing details about the highly-anticipated tenth installment in the renowned horror series, hinting at an intricate reshuffling of the timeline.
Expected to weave itself into the fabric between the original Saw and its sequel, Saw II, this film marks the return of Tobin Bell, reprising his iconic role as Jigsaw. The Saw franchise, characterized by its audacious narrative choices, has consistently challenged the boundaries of conventional horror storytelling.
Notably, its decision to kill off the franchise's central villain, The Jigsaw Killer, in the third movie, initiated a creative exploration of the timeline. Six more movies followed, with five of them featuring Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, contributing to the entangled timeline, that closely resembles the scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
"Saw X" threatens to escalate this complexity further.
Deciphering the Saw Chronology
The timeline of the Saw franchise is quite a labyrinth. The inaugural film introduced us to the motives and initial victims of the Jigsaw killer.
As the series progressed, subsequent movies appeared to backtrack, occurring prior to the first installment's events. In "Saw II," we witness the Jigsaw killer's deteriorating health, setting the stage for his demise in "Saw III." This movie ignites a fascinating journey through the timeline, featuring scenes that straddle both the original and the sequel.
"Saw IV" employed an ingenious twist to reintroduce Tobin Bell's character post-mortem. Set concurrently with "Saw III," both movies unfold in tandem. "Saw V" and "Saw VI" leverage flashbacks and the continued deeds of Jigsaw's proteges to maintain Bell's presence.
"Saw 3D" and "Jigsaw" sustain the narrative momentum, with the latter film using a twist to reveal the primary game unfolding prior to the events of the first film. The relatively detached "Spiral: From the Book of Saw," occurs sometime after the original series, with mere mentions of Jigsaw and a new serial killer.
By placing "Saw X" early in the timeline, the franchise refreshes its narrative approach. It can bypass the events of the last two sequels, focusing on the original Jigsaw and his notorious traps, catering to what the fans truly desire - cleverly crafted sequels.
In addition to Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith is rumored to return as Amanda Young in "Saw X." Confirmed cast members include Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, Michael Beach, Renata Vaca, Paulette Hernande, Joshua Okamoto, and Octavio Hinojosa.
Franchise veteran director Kevin Greutert returns, with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules expressing their delight about Bell's return. The highly anticipated "Saw X" is set to hit the big screen on September 29, 2023, poised to redefine the complex legacy of the Saw franchise.