Comingsoon.net brings word that Lionsgate has set new release date for three of its upcoming films, one of which is an eight installment in the long-running Saw franchise.
The series is based around the exploits of the so-called Jisgaw Killer, whose preferred method of killing is to force people into elaborate traps he refers to as “tests” or “games” that involve various degrees of physical and/or psychological torture. The original Saw was released in 2004. Despite mixed-to-negative reviews and diminishing box office returns, the series lasted for another six sequels, with 2010’s Saw 3D supposedly being the final chapter in the story. Despite this, there have been rumors of another sequel being in the works for quite some time.
The eighth Saw movie will be directed by Michael and Peter Spierig and is set for release on October 27, 2017.
The other two movies with updates release dates by Lionsgate are The Hitman’s Bodyguard, set for August 18, 2017 and The Commuter, set for October 13, 2017.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, written by Tom O’Connor and directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman and Elodie Young. Reynolds will play a protection agent tasked with guarding a hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson, with Gary Oldman as the primary antagonist.
The Commuter, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) from a script by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi, stars Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga. Neeson will play an insurance salesman, whose routine commute home becomes a deadly race against the clock.