The Saw franchise has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a self-contained story of survival. With each new installment, the lore has expanded and evolved, leaving fans grappling with the complexities of a ridiculously detailed mythology. Saw X, the latest addition to the franchise, turns back the clock and takes us on a journey set just three weeks after the events of the first film. However, as time twists and turns, maintaining consistency and keeping the timeline straight becomes an arduous task.
Director Kevin Greutert, a seasoned veteran of the Saw franchise, understands the importance of meticulous planning and attention to detail. Having worked on multiple films in the series, he knows all too well how passionate and observant the fans can be. “You have to really do your homework when you make a Saw film and try to think things through and obsess on the details,” Greutert emphasizes. “There are lots of ways to make little mistakes that the fans will catch and you’ll never hear the end of it.”
Greutert is not alone in his quest for timeline accuracy. Collaborating closely with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, the creative team puts meticulous effort into crafting the script and establishing a coherent timeline before even thinking about the infamous Jigsaw traps. Koules explains their meticulous process, saying, “We work on the script first. So we work on the timelines, we work on the logic, we work on the story. And then we literally put placeholders in for traps. So the traps are the last thing to go.”
In the case of Saw X, this focus on continuity led to a significant change in the film. Initially intending to place the story between Saw 2 and Saw 3, the creative team realized that it didn’t align with the relationship between Amanda and John Kramer. Burg reveals, “And it was Kevin Greutert who said, ‘Yeah, but [Amanda’s] relationship with [John] is different then.’ So if you want them [to have] this relationship, like we wanted to have in the script, it needs to be more between Saw 1 and Saw 2 or it wouldn’t have made sense.” Such attention to detail demonstrates their commitment to maintaining the integrity of the franchise.
While the creative team’s dedication to the timeline is commendable, fans would undoubtedly appreciate an official source documenting the intricate details. A comprehensive coffee table book filled with a detailed timeline and a spine-chilling guide to Jigsaw’s traps would be a dream come true for enthusiasts of the franchise. Perhaps, one day, when the Saw series eventually retires (if that day ever comes), Lionsgate will grant fans this tantalizing glimpse into the twisted universe they have come to love.
In the end, Saw X stands as a testament to the enduring popularity and complexity of the franchise. With its intricate timeline and intricate mythology, it serves as a reminder of the creativity and vision that birthed the original film. As fans flock to theaters to witness the latest installment, they find themselves enthralled by a world that has captivated audiences for over two decades. Saw X, with all its twists and turns, forces us to confront our own desire for survival and tests the limits of our own endurance. So buckle up, horror enthusiasts, and prepare for another exhilarating foray into the twisted mind of Jigsaw.