SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Aug. 27, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- This
, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will celebrate the 10
anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW, the film that kicked off the most successful horror franchise in history, by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only. The film will open on
Friday, October 31
, with select screenings beginning Thursday night,
. The seven SAW films grossed
at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Horror Franchise" of all time.
"The launch of SAW was a signature event in Lionsgate's history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio," said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
. "We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on
"As part of SAW's 10
anniversary, we're thrilled to give new fans and audiences the opportunity to experience this film on the big screen for the very first time," added SAW's producers
SAW was the first collaboration for co-creators
, who directed the film, and
, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful INSIDIOUS franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as THE CONJURING and the upcoming FAST & FURIOUS 7.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed "Jigsaw," leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who's behind their kidnapping. The film, which was released over
October 29, 2004
, was produced by
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