EL SEGUNDO, Calif.– April 12, 2010– Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced SAW 2 is being developed for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Following the success of the first SAW video game and based on Lionsgate®’s and Twisted Pictures’ popular horror film franchise, SAW 2 invites players back into Jigsaw’s twisted world. With new stomach-twisting traps and puzzles, more visceral combat, and an all-new storyline that takes place between the second and third movie players will be able delve deeper into the horror and mystery of Jigsaw’s subjects.
“The original SAW video game gave horror fans and gamers a new outlet to advance their favorite genre, but left them wanting more,” said Careen Yapp, Vice President of Licensing and Acquisitions for Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.“This game gives it to them, but like the saying goes, be careful for what you wish for. Our successful partnership with Lionsgate® and Twisted Pictures allows us to advance the survival horror genre, giving players the most intense look into the SAW universe ever.”
Lionsgate®’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine explains“This year, fans have two great opportunities to be immersed in the world of Saw like never before. First, with this new video game, which offers the deepest and most richly detailed survival horror gaming experience yet, and Halloween comes early this year, when the film franchise goes 3D on October 22, 2010 in theaters nationwide for the first time ever.” Franchise creators and producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules of Twisted Pictures echo the enthusiasm;“Together with Konami and Lionsgate, we are thrilled to be able to meet and exceed the expectations of die hard SAW fans, and indeed all horror and gaming fans, yet again this year.”
Developed by Zombie Studios, SAW 2 puts players in the shoes of Detective Trapp’s estranged son Michael, who is trying to understand his father’s death. Through a series of seemingly unconnected events, the reunion may not be a happy one as he has become Jigsaw’s next victim. In advancing through the story, players will face mind-bending puzzles, as they navigate their way through Jigsaw’s terrifying world, and defend themselves against his minions. In order to survive Jigsaw’s games, players must use their intelligence and desire to live in order to survive.
SAW 2 will be released in North America this Fall, as will SAW VII 3D, the seventh installment of the SAW film franchise, which hits theaters on October 22nd. For more information about the game, please visit: www.konami.com.
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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 last 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 (NYSE: LGF) is the 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 has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has nearly 20 shows on 10 different networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as“Mad Men”,“Weeds” and“Nurse Jackie” along with new series such as“Blue Mountain State” and the syndication successes“Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne”, its spinoff“Meet The Browns” and“The Wendy Williams Show”. Its feature film business has generated more than $400 million at the North American box office in the past year, including the recent critically-acclaimed hit PRECIOUS, which has garnered nearly $50 million at the North American box office and won two Academy Awards®. The Company’s home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. 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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