Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are partnering with Chris Rock to spin off and expand the Saw horror universe and are lining up a new film for October 23, 2020.
“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 Lionsgate’s motion picture group chairman Joe 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.”
Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman will direct the new film, and longtime Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules will shepherd the re-imagining, which will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.
Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg are writing the screenplay based on a story conceived by Rock. Long time Saw executive producer Daniel Heffner serves as executive producer with the property’s original creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
“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.”