Although the Saw franchise returned in 2017 following a 7-year hiatus with Jigsaw, it was unclear if the movie had been successful enough to justify more sequels. This week, however, Lionsgate has finally revealed that there will be a new Saw movie, albeit with an surprising new creative force behind it. Chris Rock has reportedly pitched an idea for a Saw spinoff that will take the series “to a really intense and twisted new place.” Story details are still under wraps but Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, had this to say about the announcement:
“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… 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 movie will be written by Jigsaw scribes Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg (based on Rock’s idea) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who previously helmed Saw II, III and IV. It’s hard not to feel like Rock is following in Jordan Peele’s footsteps as a prominent black comedian moving into horror, although it seems like Rock is taking a mostly hands-off approach here. He was previously moving towards doing more writing and directing with his movie Top Five back in 2014, which received mostly glowing reviews. The new Saw movie will hit theatres on Oct. 23rd, 2020. Are you looking forward to a Saw spinoff from Chris Rock?