As soon as Saw X, the tenth entry in the Saw franchise (you can read our review HERE), was released a couple months ago, franchise producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules were already talking about the potential of a Saw XI. Yesterday, the new sequel was officially announced, complete with a release date: Saw XI will be reaching theatres on September 27, 2024. When fans saw that announcement, they understandably jumped to the conclusion that the new film is going to be written by the team of Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, since they wrote not only Saw X but also Jigsaw and Spiral: From the Book of Saw. But, as it turns out, Goldfinger and Stolberg are not coming back for this one.
Stolberg took to X to let fans know: “Got a slew of DMs today about the Lionsgate Saw announcement. Pete and I are sitting this chapter out. Very excited to see this one as a fan of the franchise. I think people will be pleased with the team.” A few hours later, he returned to say, “THANK YOU to everyone writing kind words about Saw X and your disappointment that I won’t be writing Saw XI. To make you feel better, just remember what y’all said when Jigsaw came out! HAHAHAHA. Honestly, SO excited to sit back and watch this new one as a fan! #SawForever“
Stolberg is jokingly pointing out that, while Saw X was very well received, Jigsaw isn’t exactly a popular entry in the franchise. Nor is Spiral: From the Book of Saw, for that matter.
So now we’ll have to wait to find out who’s writing Saw XI. Leigh Whannell wrote the first three films, sharing story credit with James Wan on the first and third and screenplay credit with Darren Lynn Bousman on the second. The writing duo of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan took over for parts 4 through 7 (with Thomas Fenton also getting a story credit on Saw IV). Then we reached the Goldfinger/Stolberg era.
What do you think of Saw XI getting a different writer (or different writers) than Saw X? Who would you like to see write the new sequel? Let us know by leaving a comment below.