Directors Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig want to play a game.
With the release of Jigsaw in October 2017 marking the return of the iconic Saw franchise, it turns out that there are plenty more gruesome traps waiting to spring. While it’s probably not a huge stretch for anyone to anticipate more Saw movies—even with negative reviews, they’ve practically become a mainstay of the Halloween season—it turns out hints about future sequels were actually deliberately planted in the movies.
According to the Spierig brothers, Saw 9 has already been set up in Jigsaw:
"There's a lot of things that go on in Jigsaw that we talked about where they could go in further movies, and so there's things with the characters and ideas that have the foundations of other things that could potentially come in the next couple of movies. You want to make the movie itself a complete experience for the audience, a satisfying experience in terms of the story, of feeling like there is a conclusion. But at the same time, there are some questions about the characters and their arcs and things like that where we haven't explained. And we certainly talked about it with the producers and the writer and even the actors, where things potentially could go. It really becomes a question of does the audience want more? Are they keen to see these characters, the characters who survive and even sometimes the characters who don't survive can end up in another Saw film, based on its history. There's always room for flashbacks and who knows what."
Jigsaw didn’t exactly get a favorable reception from critics, with a 34% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a consensus reading that “Jigsaw definitely won't win many converts to the Saw franchise, but for longtime fans, it should prove a respectably revolting—if rarely scary—diversion." Still, the Saw franchise has had a dedicated fanbase for many years now, who will no doubt return to take in whatever bloodshed these films are willing to dish out!