Slasher fans can expect another “Saw” project in the pipeline as comedian Chris Rock jumps onboard with Lionsgate to develop the franchise’s next spinoff film. As reported by Variety, the news broke when Lionsgate chairmen Joe Drake made the announcement Thursday that the new film is set to release October 23, 2020. Rock is set to executive produce.
A fan of the franchise all his life, Rock is reportedly excited to get his hands on the gruesome series. The meat of the “Saw” films followed mastermind killer John Kramer (Tobin Bell), otherwise known as “Jigsaw,” who orchestrates a variety of sick, feverish death traps on people as a means of justice and survival. Mark Burg, Oren Koules and Gregg Hoffman have produced all the “Saw” movies to date. Bourg and Koules will return for the next film.
Statements from the Variety article:
“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 Drake. “‘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.”
“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,’” said 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.”
Chris Rock is best known for his work in “Madagascar,” “The Longest Yard” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” He was seen in last year’s comedy “Nobody’s Fool” and is working on Robert Zemeckis’ next project, “The Witches.”
In 2017, “Jigsaw,” the eighth installment, grossed $103 million domestically, continuing the franchise’s trend of growing profit with each film for the studio. The next “Saw” spinoff is slated for an October 23, 2020 release.