After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement officials find themselves chasing the ghost of a man who has been dead for over a decade, and they become embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of his own?
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.
Jigsaw (2017) was shot in Toronto, Canada in 2016. It started filming on September 26, the birthday of Gustavo Goulart, who was originally accepted for a leading role in the movie but was soon replaced, because his work visa would not be issued in time. However, Gustavo Goulart released his audition on YouTube as a short movie called Walking After You (2016).
Even though Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010) was originally intended to be the final film of the series, in 2012, the studio, Lionsgate, had expressed interest in continuing the “Saw” films, even contemplating doing a reboot for some time. Then, in 2016, the development for Jigsaw (2017) was officially confirmed.
The film was originally classified R18+ by the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification, with ratings advice of “high impact horror violence.” The distributor, Studio Canal, decided to appeal this rating to the Classification Review Board. On October 20, 2017, the Review Board overturned the R18+ rating and lowered it to MA15+ with advice of “strong themes and strong horror violence.” Films classified MA15+ require a person under that age to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. In the Review Board’s opinion, the themes and violence in the film overall was only strong in impact, not high, and therefore it did not warrant a more restrictive rating.