Although Spiral: From the Book of Saw has recently been delayed by Lionsgate to May 21st, 2021, director Darren Lynn Bousman has discussed his future with the Saw franchise moving forward.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Bousman admitted that after directing three previous Saw films a decade ago he thought he would never return to the franchise but now, there’s “no telling” how many instalments he would return for if he was asked after working on Spiral.
“A decade ago I said I would never come back, and I think you can find maybe 6,500 interviews of me saying I’m done,” Bousman said. “So one thing I’ve taught myself is never say never because you might come back. So I will say this: there is something magical about the Saw universe and there is something that is so undefinably special about Saw that I can’t articulate it. Part of it has to do with the time and memory of when I was 24 years old flying to Toronto for the first time on a flight, having no idea what the fuck I was doing and stepping off and meeting Dan Heffner, who is the line producer, now the producer, of the Saw franchise, and meeting all of these people for the first time. And there was this boyish wonder of, ‘Oh, dear God, when are they going to find out I’m a fraud?'”
He continued, “But now, as a 41-year-old man stepping off that flight, being greeted by Dan Heffner, seeing those exact same people, it’s such a weird nostalgia that it’s filled me full of this, again, childlike wonderment of, ‘Holy sh-t, I’m back.’ So it becomes a drug. And I think that if you would’ve asked me two years ago, I said I would never do it. I would still say, ‘I’m never doing this Saw movie again.’ Now, if they call me back and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing the next one.’ There’s no telling. I’d probably be on a flight meeting Dan Heffner again. There’s just something so magical about those movies.”
Spiral: From the Book of Saw is set to be Darren Lynn Bousman’s fourth directed instalment in the long-running horror franchise having previously directed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV.
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A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols, with Darren Lynn Bousman returning to the world of Jigsaw for the ninth instalment. It is set for release on May 21st, 2021.