The Saw franchise took to their Twitter account Tuesday to announce that the eighth film of the horror film franchise would officially be titled Jigsaw and is scheduled for release on October 27, 2017. Previously running under the name Saw: Legacy, the new name appears to directly confirm what most had already assumed and what had been previously reported: the series' main villain John "Jigsaw" Kramer (Tobin Bell) will be a part of the film in some capacity.
Jigsaw will mark Bell's eighth time in the role, beginning with 2004's Saw and seemingly ending with 2010's Saw 3D. Considering that Jigsaw was killed back in 2006's Saw III and only shown in flashbacks since and barring a major plot twist in which the entire movie turns out to be a complete sequel or some form of "reboot," expectations are that Bell will be featured either in more flashbacks or possibly in some kind of "mental mentor" manner similar to the father/son dynamic in the series Dexter.
Though plot details and images for Jigsaw have been on lockdown since production began, horror website Bloody Disgusting posted an exclusive rundown of the storyline (when it was still going by Saw: Legacy) from sources familiar with the film:
Saw: Legacy will begin with bodies turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps even someone inside the investigation?
The announced cast for Jigsaw includes: Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Bolsvert, and James Gomez. Neither Costas Mandylor nor Cary Elwes are expected to return to their respective roles in the franchise…though with this being the Saw franchise, one never knows.
Jigsaw was directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers) from a script by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger (Piranha 3D, Sorority Row). Mark Burg and Oren Koules are returning to the franchise to produce.
For those feeling nostalgic, here's a little trip down memory lane to see how it all began: