Saw is returning to theaters yet again, only this time it may actually be a bit different. Comedian and actor Chris Rock is involved creatively, after having pitched the idea they are going with at Lionsgate. Series director Darren Lynn Bousman will return to helm the flick, with Jigsaw writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg will write the screenplay. Rock seems pretty excited.
"I've been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004," said Rock. "I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place."
"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," said 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."
Series producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules had this to say:
"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. 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 film will open October 23, 2020. No word yet on if Rock will also star in the film.
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