As Lionsgate announced, Kevin Greutert will direct Saw 10 taking the reins of the horror franchise he’s been associated with from the very beginning for the third time in his career. Greutert has previously directed Saw 6 and Saw 7. He also served as an editor on the very first Saw film and continued in that role on the four subsequent sequels before rising to director. He then returned to the role of editor for Saw 8: Jigsaw.
In “Saw 10” he will probably stage the comeback of Tobin Bell as John Kramer alias Jigsaw. While all plot details are still under wraps and little has been said officially, Bell’s return was leaked some time ago. The studio only revealed that the plot will “win hearts — and body parts — with all-new twisted and cunning traps, plus a new mystery to solve.”
The producers of the “Saw” series, Mark Burg and Oren Koules, are also certain that with the return of Kevin Greutert in the director’s chair, they will make the fans happy: They listened to what the fans wanted and work hard to planning a movie that Saw and horror fans will love. And part of that process is, “Kevin Greutert, the director of ‘Saw 6‘which is still one of the fan favorite parts of the whole series to be in charge.”
Whether “Saw 6” is really “one of the fans’ favorite parts” can certainly be doubted. Yes, it was better received by the general public than its two direct predecessors, but it is not really received positively.
Selling Greutert as a major directing coup also seems strange from another point of view. After debuting with two Saw films, his subsequent directing credits Jessabelle, Visions and Jackals have been far from notable and/or successful. “Jackals” from 2017 only came to German home theaters four years late and has so far been Greutert’s last directorial work, who then went back to work as an editor.
But there is a chance to surprise positively with his directorial comeback. Especially since his involvement ensures that the responsibility for the latest part of the series is someone who really knows the franchise very well because he was there from the beginning. This could be particularly important if it turns out that “Saw 10” is a kind of prequel that takes place before most of the previous “Saw” films (according to the rumors between “Saw 2” and “Saw 3”).
We’ll know more in about a year at the latest. Lionsgate now has the US theatrical release date of “saw 10“ announced for October 27, 2023. There is no German date yet, but it should be close.