MPAA Gives SAW IV an NC-17 Rating

SAW 4SAW IV producer Mark Burg and director Darren Lynn Bousman announced at Comic-Con that the MPAA has given SAW 4 an NC-17 rating. I assume they will go back and make cuts to earn a R-rating but producer Mark Burg says “One day we’d like to have the guts and leave it like it is” So who knows. I’m sure Lionsgate wants to reach as many people as possible and unfortunately that means they must conform to the ratings board. In fact, even a clip of the first five minutes of the film was rejected by Comic-Con because it was too intense.

Bousman says that if there was ever a line that he promised himself he wouldn’t cross, he crossed that line in SAW 4. And as for the critics, Bousman says “Fuck em”. Burg adds, “We’d like to think that you (the fans) are coming for the story in addition to the fucked up brutal violence”

“With the last two films the traps were the very last things we worked on,” says Bousman. “It starts with the themes first.”

When asked how there can be a Saw 4 when (spoiler alert) Jigsaw dies in the third film. Bousman says “In our world, legends never die.” Producer Mark Burg promises fans that there are no cheats, and that fans will be shocked to find out who everything happens.

“I think it;’s the best ending of any SAW movie we’ve done yet,” said Burg, who promises the biggest shocker yet.

Bousman even admitted that he thought there was no way to make a sequel when he agreed to film SAW 3, but Mark promised that it was not only possible but inevitable – there was a plan.

Tobin Bell who plays the character in the film series was also in attendance. Bell has done extensive research into the background of his character. Bousman says he has notebooks worth of data on everything about the character.

“I could ask Tobin if Jigsaw is a vegetarian and he would know and tell me why and how.”

The clip shown involves a man who wakes up in a room with his eyes sewn shut. He has a collar around his neck attached to a chain. The other end of the chain is attached to a man who has his mouth sewn shut. There is a key on the man with no vision which may open the man with no voice’s neck clamp. In the middle of them is a trap device which is spooling the chain inward. What follows was a blood filled brutal fight for survival. I’ll just say this, if they allowed this clip than the first five minutes of the movie most be disgustingly gory.

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SAW 4 Movie Poster

saw 4 posterLionsgate has released a new international movie poster for SAW IV. The poster depicts Tobin Bell’s (who plays Jigsaw in the film series) head in a supermarket produce scale. So yes, Jigsaw is dead. The previously released official plot synopsis is below. Click on the poster image to the right to enlarge.

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry’s murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw’s latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle.

However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.

Saw 4 hits theaters on October 26th 2007.

SAW 4 Official Plot and Cast List Revealed

Saw 4BD has posted the full cast list and updated plot synopsis for Saw 4. Most of this we already knew, but now it’s shiny and official. Warning: as with most sequels, plot spoilers for the previous films are contained in the details below:

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry’s murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw’s latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle.

However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.

Tobin Bell…………. Jigsaw
Scott Patterson…… Agent Straum
Betsy Russell……… Jill (Jigsaw’s wife!!)
Costas Mandylor… Hoffman
Lyriq Bent………….. Rigg
Athena Karkanis…. Agent Perez
Justin Louis………… Art
Simon Reynolds…. Lamanna
Mike Realba……….. Fisk
Marty Adams………. Ivan

First Look: Saw 4

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Lionsgate has released the first official photo from SAW 4, which can be seen after the jump.

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Casting SAW IV: Justin Louis and Lyriq Bent

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Justin Louis and Lyriq Bent have been cast in SAW IV. Director Darren Lynn Bousman confirmed the casting to BD and JoBlo:

“I am so stoked – one reason I love this franchise is most everyone has come back on the crew. Same Costume team – same props team – same production designer – DP – AD’s – basically everyone… At this point it’s like one big dysfunctional family… That holds true with the cast. We have some crazy surprises in store for the fans this year. Stuff no one is expected,” Bousman told BD.

“Yes Lyriq Bent is in fact returning… He is a great actor – and am very excited to be working with him yet again – on part IV.   The story is much darker – more fucked up – and much more psychological! Oh yeah and there is some blood too!” Bousman told JoBlo.

The movie will center around Bent’s character Rigg.

Justin Louis’ filmography includes Shooter, The Marsh and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Bent was in both of the SAW sequels, The Caveman’s Valentine  and Four Brothers.

Production begins next week. SAW 4 hits theaters on October 26th 2007.

Scott Patterson cast in Saw 4

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Gilmore Girls star Scott Patterson has been cast in SAW 4, according to a scooper at BD. We have no idea what role Patterson will play. What we do know:  Darren Lynn Bousman’s Saw 4 will hit theaters on October 26th 2007.

saw tobin bell

During the Lionsgate luncheon at ShoWest in Las Vegas, producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules confirmed plans to have actor Tobin Bell reprise the role of Jigsaw in Saw 4 and Saw 5, that’s right – SAW 5!
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Darren Lynn Bousman returns for SAW 4

Darren Lynn Bousman

Darren Lynn Bousman has signed on to return for SAW 4. Bousman directed the two previous popular SAW sequels. Late last year Lionsgate announced that a fourth film would be released on October 26th 2007. Bousman’s return seems like a last ditch move. Especially considering the fact that Bousman publicly announced his departure from the SAW series late last year.

Bousman is a very competent director if he’s given a good script. But everyone must agree that a fourth SAW film has been rushed into production, which is never a good sign. Production will begin on April 16 for six weeks. Yeah, doesn’t sound rushed at all. The good news is that Feast screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton wrote the story. Check out the full press release below.

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