Darren Lynn Bousman (born January 11, 1979) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for his work on the Saw franchise and the horror musical Repo! The Genetic Opera.

He was the co-writer and director of Saw II and the director of Saw III, Saw IV and Saw IX.

Personal Life

Darren Lynn Bousman was born in Overland Park, Kansas, the son of Nancy and Lynn Bousman. He is a graduate of the Film School at Full Sail University. Bousman attended high school at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park and studied film at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. He got engaged to Laura Bosserman on October 4, 2008 and subsequently married her on January 2, 2010. The two have a son named Henry and are currently expecting their second child, a daughter.


During 2004, Bousman was pitching an idea for a movie called The Desperate to various American studios, who complained that the screenplay was too violent and the plot was too close to Saw, which was released the same year. David Armstrong, the cinematographer of Saw, asked Bousman if he could show the script to Saw producer Gregg Hoffman. Hoffman read the script and called Bousman to express his interest in producing The Desperate, but after showing the script to his partners, Mark Burg and Oren Koules, the two decided it would be the perfect opportunity to turn The Desperate into Saw II. Two months later, Bousman was flown to Toronto to direct the film.

During the production of Saw II, Bousman directed the music video for Mudvayne's single Forget to Remember, which appeared as the main track on the soundtrack album. Saw II was a financial success and Bousman was signed on to direct Saw III, which was released on October 27, 2006.

After Saw III, Bousman announced that he would never direct another Saw film, so he would be free to prepare for his project Repo! the Genetic Opera, the stage version of which he had directed in 2002. Despite this, on February 19, 2007, Leigh Whannell announced that Bousman had signed on to direct Saw IV. Bousman explained that before shooting could begin on Repo! The Genetic Opera, there was a gap of time during which the songs were being pre-recorded, enabling him to direct Saw IV during that period.

He also directed an episode of the horror anthology show Fear Itself, entitled New Year's Day. He has also been attached to direct the remake of David Cronenberg's Scanners. Bousman taught Film director newcomers in the Horror Film Boot Camp, which began on May 7, 2010 and ended on May 9, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Later, he directed the psychological thriller Ninety, based on a screenbook by Scott Millam.

Bousman directed the 2010 remake of Mother's Day, starring Shawn Ashmore, Deborah Ann Woll, and Briana Evigan. In 2011, he directed the film 11-11-11. The next year, he reunited with Repo! writer Terrance Zdunich, along with several cast members, to direct The Devil's Carnival, a short film planned to be the first installment of a longer series. On May 13, 2013, it was announced that Bousman would be directing a film titled Sacrilege, another religious-themed work, the first being 11-11-11. In 2015, he participated in the anthology movie Tales of Halloween, produced by Epic Pictures. He also directed the segment, The Night Billy Raised Hell written by Clint Sears.

Untitled Saw Film is an upcoming 2020 American horror film and will be the ninth installment in the Saw (franchise). The film will allegedly serve as a reboot, and is slated to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and co-written by Josh Stolberg, Peter Goldfinger, and Chris Rock.



Year Title
2000 Butterfly Dreams
2001 Identity Lost
2005 Saw II
2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera
2007 Saw IV
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera
2010 Mother's Day
2011 11-11-11
2012 The Devil's Carnival
The Barrens
2013 Emilie Autumn: Fight Like a Girl
2014 Angelus
2015 Tales of Halloween
2016 Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival
2017 RGK & Sabrina Kern: Alone Land
St. Agatha
Slay Belles


Year Title
2008 Fear Itself
2016 Crow's Blood



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