Bousman revs up 'Saw IV'

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Darren Lynn Bousman is set to direct "Saw IV." The director, who helmed the last two installments in the horror franchise, "Saw II" and "Saw III," will begin production in Toronto April 16, Lionsgate and its production partner Twisted Pictures announced Monday.

Also reuniting on the project is the "Saw" production team, with Twisted's Mark Burg and Oren Koules producing and Daniel Jason Heffner, James Wan, Leigh Whannell and Stacey Testro executive producing.

Executive producing for Lionsgate are president of acquisitions and co-productions Peter Block and senior vp acquisitions Jason Constantine. Key contributors to the first three films returning include editor Kevin Greutert, director of photography David Armstrong and production designer David Hackl.

"Having Darren behind the camera gives 'Saw IV' a real edge, so to speak," Block said. "He has led this franchise into boxoffice history while proving himself a modern master of psychological terror."

The film is slated for worldwide release on Oct. 26. The "Saw" series has thus far grossed more than $400 million worldwide.

"It's not often that a filmmaker is given the opportunity to follow a genuinely compelling character through two films, much less three," Bousman said. "So I'm very excited about picking up the reins on 'Saw IV,' and delving even deeper into the Jigsaw legend."

Following "Saw IV," Lionsgate, Twisted Pictures and Bousman will reunite for "Repo! The Genetic Opera," a horror opera Bousman will direct from an original story by co-composers and screenwriters Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith.

Bousman is represented by Endeavor.
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