CHRIS ROCK IS JIGSAW!
CHRIS ROCK CREATING A SPIN-OFF FILM OF THE SAW FRANCHISE
Apparently Chris Rock is a huge fan of the Saw films- yes the SNL, HBO, Everybody Hates Chris, Chris Rock. Rock is such a huge fan that he’s created the idea for a spin-off film set in the Saw universe and it’s been greenlit.
This film has no name as of yet, but Lionsgate Films is giving Chris Rock complete creative freedom. It also helps that franchise producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules and Gregg Hoffman will return to work on the spin-off. The icing on the cake is that the original creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell will executive produce Rock’s film.
Lionsgate’s Chairman Joe Drake describes the how the idea came about:
“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that re-imagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in. ‘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.
Producers Koules and Burg also added to the press statement:
“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.”
Rock may have developed the idea but the script will be written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg and it already has a release date: October 23, 2020. Just in time for Halloween.