‘Saw XI’ Will Bring Back ‘Saw X’ Director Kevin Greutert

Last year’s Saw X went back to the franchise’s beginning, acting as a sequel to the original movie and a prequel to future films. It proved to be a winning move, as the revitalized horror scored $111M worldwide, nearly triple what 2021’s Spiral did and that film had Chris Rock in the lead role. Well, that kind of success has led to, what else, a brand new sequel, and a familiar name back to direct it.

Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that Kevin Greutert will return to direct Saw XI. Greutert is a franchise vet, having directed Saw VI in 2009 and Saw: The Final Chapter a year later. He also served as editor on the first five Saw movies, as well as 2017’s Jigsaw. James Wan and Leigh Whannell may have launched these movies back in 2004, but you could argue Greutert has been the biggest creative influence.

Saw X writers Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger are not coming back, though, so Greutert will be working with a new creative team. As long as Tobin Bell returns as John Kramer aka Jigsaw, and Shawnee Smith as Amanda, fans should remain happy. There’s something about the two of them together that just clicks, and I think it’s safe to say these movies aren’t as good when they’re apart.

And as usual, these movies get made pretty damn fast. Saw XI is set to hit theaters on September 27th, so we don’t even have to wait too long.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.