Saw XI: Fall 2024 Premiere



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Saw XI: Fall 2024 Premiere
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In an unexpected move that has sent shockwaves through the horror movie community, Lionsgate has unveiled plans to release "Saw XI," the latest installment in the iconic "Saw" franchise. The announcement, made on a Monday afternoon, teases the film's arrival in theaters on September 27, 2024, signaling a bold step for the studio and a treat for horror enthusiasts.

The reveal of "Saw XI" was made through an Instagram post that featured Roman numerals set against a haunting backdrop synonymous with the "Saw" series. The post, cryptically captioned "The game continues," has stirred considerable excitement among fans and industry insiders alike.

This announcement comes flaming on the heels of "Saw X," which premiered just over two months ago, on September 29.

Rapid Sequel Releases

The decision to set a release date for next fall is notable, especially considering the franchise's history of rapid production cycles.

Following the success of the original "Saw," the sequels were produced in quick succession, with each new movie hitting theaters within a year of its predecessor. This pattern continued up to "Saw 3D," the seventh installment.

However, the series then took a seven-year break before the 2017 revival with "Jigsaw." "Saw X" proved to be a box office success, amassing $53 million in North America and $107 million worldwide, against a modest $13 million budget.

This performance undoubtedly played a role in the swift decision to proceed with "Saw XI." Details about the cast and crew for the eleventh installment are still under wraps, as Lionsgate has not yet released any information regarding who will helm the project or star in it.

The studio representative could not be reached for immediate comment. The tenth film in the series saw the return of franchise icon Tobin Bell in the role of John Kramer, the ingenious yet twisted creator of the series' notorious torture devices, and the character Jigsaw.

At 81 years old, Bell reprised his role in a plot set between the first two movies of the series, which explored Kramer's journey in search of a cure for his brain tumor and his subsequent encounters with medical fraudsters.

Shawnee Smith also returned as Amanda Young, Jigsaw's apprentice. The movie was directed by Kevin Greutert, who has a long-standing history with the franchise, having started as an editor before directing the sixth and seventh films.

Just three weeks ago, Greutert hinted at the possibility of a sequel in an interview on The Director's Cut – A DGA Podcast. With "Saw XI" slated for release in just nine months, it appears that the next chapter in this enduring horror saga is not as far off as previously thought.