Bousman revs up 'Saw IV'


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 on April 16, Lionsgate and its production partner Twisted Pictures said 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.

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

Following "Saw IV," Lionsgate, Twisted Pictures and Bousman will reunite for "Repo! The Genetic Opera," a horror opera.

Bousman is represented by Endeavor.