Long Beach, CA – July 29:Billy the Puppet, from the “SAW” horror film franchise, making its first public appearance, as part of the “SAW X” film promotion and exhibit inside Midsummer Scream, a Halloween and horror convention, at Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, CA, Saturday, July 29, 2023. The latest installment of the series follows serial killer Jigsaw, as he exacts revenge against con artists. The gathering, from Friday through Sunday, features all things Halloween and in the horror genre, with many attendees dressing up as their favorite characters, across TV, film, comics and animation. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Lionsgate is ready to play another game. The studio made a surprise announcement of “Saw XI” on Monday afternoon, saying the 11th entry in the long-running horror franchise will hit theaters just nine months from now. The project was confirmed through an Instagram post, which feature Roman numerals against a spooky “Saw” backdrop spelling out a Sept. 27, 2024 release date. It was shared alongside a simple caption: “The game continues.”