The Blast got hold of some documents which reveal that Bell has managed to reach a settlement with his ex-wife Elizabeth, and the papers have revealed a condition between them related to Bell’s role in the Saw 9 film.
According to it, in case Bell makes profits from the latest horror film, he will have to pay his ex for the taxes she will pay on a monthly $8000 spousal support that Bell has agreed to pay.
The particular line mentions that if the actor “receives any compensation from any source for his participating in the ninth motion picture in the ‘Saw’ series (‘Saw 9 Pay’) at any time, he shall pay [Elizabeth] (or reimburse her for) all of her combined Federal and California income tax liability incurred on the spousal support she receives.”
The documents are not saying that this deal will be effective only if Saw 9 is made, which suggests that Bell might have already been involved with the early stages of the project in some manner.
The report further mentions that Bell is required to pay spousal support only through December 2019 which also indicates that the sequel is expected before that time.
This mutually agreed settlement also sees Bell getting complete rights to his production company whereas Elizabeth will get their Malibu property and a 2010 Audi Q5.
Bell has starred in all the 8 Saw movies made until now since the original film released in 2004 and established the horror franchise. The latest film from the franchise was Jigsaw that released in October last year.
Back in April Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, the writers of Jigsaw were hired to pen the ninth film of this bloody and rough saga which shows innocent victims compelled to battle for survival in scary traps.
The franchise nosedived, and the 2010 movie Saw 3D was initially planned as the last film since the box-office earning dropped massively after Saw 6 (2009), but, it was revived after seven years by last year’s Jigsaw which earned over $103 million against a measly production budget on only $10 million.
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have not clarified as to which direction will the Jigsaw sequel take, and these are very early days for the project.
During its 14 years reign of terror, the Saw franchise has totaled over $975 million at the global box office through 8 films. This doesn’t take into account revenue generated from merchandise, home disc sales, etc.