Darren Lynn Bousman directed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV, so he’s certainly no stranger to the franchise, and quite possibly the best person to helm any new entry in the series. However, the plan here was not to get somebody steeped in the lore of the franchise. Bousman tells Radio Times, the the distinct lack of references to the franchise was part of the plan, as this movie isn’t meant to be Saw IX, but something different, which is why we don’t see elements from other films, like Billy the Puppet, in the new movie. According to the director…

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