EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - June 3, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that actor Tobin Bell will extend his role as the infamous Jigsaw by voicing the iconic character in the upcoming video game adaptation of the most successful horror franchise in history - SAW. From the company that pioneered the survival horror genre, SAW is being developed for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. SAW will also be available via download on Windows PC. The game will be released this fall timed to Lionsgate's October 23 theatrical release of SAW VI.
Garnering two MTV Movie Award nominations and three consecutive Spike TV Scream Awards nominations for "Best Villain," and winning the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Award for "Best Butcher," Bell's Jigsaw is widely regarded as one of cinema's most terrifying villains. His chilling and immediately recognizable voice is essential to the terror, because he rarely confronts his victims in person, preferring to communicate via recordings, speaking through a puppet named Billy. Jigsaw traps his victims in brutal mechanical devices and forces them to acknowledge the mistakes in their life while testing their resolve to live, usually with gruesome and deadly consequences.
"SAW fans are very vocal, and the one thing they've been shouting since we announced the game is that Tobin Bell absolutely must be the voice of Jigsaw,"said David Daniels, Director of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "It never occurred to us to even try and make a SAW game without Tobin. His voice is one of those intangible elements that make a SAW movie feel like a SAW movie; so having him voice the game was crucial."
"We are so proud to see the SAW franchise extended through Konami's game, which captures the ethos of Jigsaw and the terror of being caught in one of his games with complete authenticity," added the films' producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules of Twisted Pictures.
Aubrey McClure, Lionsgate's Senior Vice President of Promotions and Licensing, agrees: "This partnership has been about assembling the perfect team to further immerse fans in the SAW universe in a way that feels organic. Tobin Bell, Twisted Pictures, and Konami have all been essential parts of that team with us and we are thrilled at the end result of this collaboration."
And, added the master of terror himself Tobin Bell, "I am so proud to have voiced Jigsaw in this game. I've been very impressed with mechanics of the game. It's terrifyingly smart and intriguing to me! It is a fitting follow-up to the tantalizing games of SAW."
Developed by Zombie Studios and based on the successful film franchise from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, SAW invites players to engage in a horrific game inside the treacherous corridors of an abandoned insane asylum that has been transformed into a gauntlet of terrors that Jigsaw alone controls. Players will match wits with Jigsaw as they fight to overcome his horrific traps and the mind-bending puzzles that have become synonymous with the SAW film series.
SAW will be released in North America this fall. For more information, please visit: www.konami.com/saw
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The most profitable horror film franchise to date, taking in over $665 million in worldwide box office and sales exceeding 28 million units on DVD. The SAW film series has managed to ratchet up tension and invention with each successive film, while jangling millions of nerves worldwide. The sixth installment of the powerhouse franchise is scheduled to hit theatres this October in its traditional opening weekend slot leading into Halloween.
ABOUT TWISTED PICTURES
Twisted Pictures is helmed by Mark Burg and Oren Koules, and is the horror/thriller division of their company Evolution Entertainment. SAW, one of the most profitable films of 2004, was the first picture released under the Twisted banner. In 2005, Twisted Pictures produced SAW II, which opened at #1 on Halloween weekend and became the year's highest-grossing horror film. Halloween 2006 saw the release of SAW III, which opened at #1 in North America, the U.K. and Australia. The company also produced DEAD SILENCE by SAW creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell for Universal Pictures. Other Twisted Pictures releases include the horror/thriller CATACOMBS, which premiered in October 2007, and SAW IV which opened # 1 at the box-office on October 26, 2007 with a total of $31,750,000. The latest chapter in the SAW series, SAW V, opened with $30 million dollars the weekend of October 24, 2008, pushing SAW to the top of the list as the #1 horror franchise of all time. In addition, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA premiered in November 2008 with fans immediately branding it "an instant cult classic".
Lionsgate is a leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise to create a multiplatform global industry leader in entertainment through the recent acquisition of TV Guide Network, one of the 25 most widely distributed cable networks, the recent acquisition of TV Guide.com, a premier content and navigation portal, partnerships that include the FEARnet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the expected fall 2009 launch of EPIX, a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions.
The Company is a market share leader at the North American theatrical box office for calendar 2009 due to recent theatrical box office successes such as TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, the second highest-grossing film in Lionsgate history, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. Other recent successes include SAW V, RELIGULOUS, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM,RAMBO and THE BANK JOB. Lionsgate has forged a strong position in television with the production of such critically-acclaimed series as "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "Crash," the distribution of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," "Family Feud" and "South Park," and upcoming shows including Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" and "The Wendy Williams Show." In addition, the Company's home entertainment business, propelled by such recent DVD successes as TRANSPORTER 3, SAW V and TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, is the industry leader in box office-to-DVD conversion rate and has market share of nearly 8%. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
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