Just when people thought the Saw series hit its last stride in 2017, it looks like Lionsgate is thirsty for more blood. It was announced today that Lionsgate will be teaming up with Chris Rock to bring Saw back to the big screen.
The film is will be executive produced by Rock, produced by Mark Burg & Oren Koules & directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. The screenplay is based off of a story by Chris Rock & will be written by Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg
Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group said:
“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.”
“I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
Koules & Burge responded:
“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.”
No release date for the film or cast has been revealed.