Like many horror franchises, Saw is hard to keep down. It’s like the Friday the 13th of the 2000s, releasing a new film every year between 2004 and 2010. The surprise sequel Jigsaw was released in 2017 and there’s even a reboot set for a 2020 release titled The Organ Donor.
Now, media site We Got This Covered has reported that a television series has begun development. However, they’re not giving much information outside of that. No word on a release date, what network it will air on, or even the premise.
Saw has its share of haters but many horror fanatics absolutely love the franchise, and that fandom has provided plenty of success. Since only 2004, it’s been expanded through comics, video games, and theme park attractions. Honestly, it’s a bit surprising that a television series didn’t start earlier.
So what could be the premise of this new series? An expansion on what Jigsaw did between movies? The backstory for Amanda Young? Maybe there’s a new, undisclosed killer. This franchise would lend itself well to a crime drama and mystery angle. That could potentially explain the lack of details so far, perhaps by studio demand.
This is all speculation, of course. Maybe there are no details because this is all a rumor. That being said, a Saw TV series would not be surprising. With the new Shudder streaming service, horror television has an outlet all its own.
Whether you love this franchise or hate it, there is no denying it’s been a moneymaker over the years. The formula may have gotten stale with each film’s release, but clever writers could likely make it work for the small screen.
What do you think the premise should be? Should another horror villain get a TV series, instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.