SDCC: First Trailer for JIGSAW

It has been seven years since a Saw movie graced our theater screens at Halloween, but that was as long as Lionsgate could hold out as they have now attempted to reboot the once prolific franchise some thirteen years after James Wan's original became a surprise hit. I remember anxiously looking forward to each installment especially after the second and third films turned out to be much better than I could have ever expected, but as the series went on and became more and more convoluted introducing more and more players to not just the game, but in extraneous subplots outside the victim/torture scenarios it became increasingly more difficult to both keep up and care. When it finally came down to it, the Saw franchise went out with a whimper in 2010 with what is no doubt its worst entry in The Final Chapter. It seems Lionsgate will have to now retract that title and find a new name for that film as the directors of Daybreakers and Predestination, brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, have come along to craft Jigsaw. Upon hearing that title one might think this is some kind of origin story and that some young, handsome actor has been cast to play a young John Kramer, but that would almost immediately lead to the thought that such a route would be pointless given we were taken through all of Kramer's backstory and motivations throughout the course of those six sequels from 2005-2010. So, what exactly were the Spierig brothers going to do to add a layer of freshness to this stale franchise? Well, that was left up to screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg AKA the guys who brought you such classics as Piranha 3D, Good Luck Chuck, and Sorority Row (2009). And so, what did these guys deliver? Apparently Jigsaw (Tobin Bell, returning) will follow a present day investigation as bodies begin turning up around Jigsaw's hometown, each of them having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to Kramer, but we all know Jigsaw has been dead for a while now so how is this possible? Will you be tuning in to see if the mystery is solved this Halloween? Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and let me know in the comments what you think of this latest attempt to reboot a once profitable franchise that hopes to capitalize on nostalgia from less than a decade ago. Jigsaw stars Bonnie Siu, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Matt Passmore, Sonia Dhillon Tully, Tina Jung, and opens on October 27th, 2017.

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