Chris Rock plans 2020 'Saw' reboot
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have today announced a partnership with award-winning actor, director, and stand up comedian Chris Rock to spin-off and expand the world surrounding the hit billion dollar “Saw” movie franchise. A new chapter will be released in theaters on October 23, 2020.
“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” says Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. “‘Saw’ is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous ‘Saw’ films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”
The new film will be produced by longtime ‘Saw’ producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, who are back once again to shepherd this reimagining, which will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed three of the most successful films in the ‘Saw’ franchise. The screenplay is based on a story conceived by Chris Rock and written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. The film will be executive produced by Rock, long-time Saw executive producer Daniel Heffner and the original creators of Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘Saw’ since the first film in 2004,” says Rock. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
“Chris wants to put his own spin on the ‘Saw’ franchise in the way Eddie Murphy put a completely fresh perspective on buddy-cop films with ’48 Hours.'” add Burg and Koules. “This new ‘Saw ‘is going to be an event film in the making for horror fans. It will have all of the twists and turns and hardcore layers that our fans expect directed by one of the masters of the craft, Darren Lynn Bousman. We can’t wait to get started.”
The new ‘Saw’ entry will mark the ninth film in the franchise which, to date, has brought in more than $976 million at the worldwide box office.