The official title for the next Saw movie has now been confirmed as Spiral: From the Book of Saw, and Lionsgate has posted a deeply uninspiring teaser trailer online that focuses on police procedural and buddy cops, with some dull and trite dialogue, rather than any horror. The accompanying poster also suggests a veer away from horror. There is nothing wrong with a police-based mystery murder thriller yet this seems an odd approach.
Essentially, why try to tie this project into a franchise that was already floundering with the umpteenth sequel and then the lacklustre Jigsaw (2017)?
We shall have to wait to find out but the new Saw signs are not promising…
Previously, Lionsgate officially changed the release date for the Chris Rock-fronted reboot by nearly half a year to May 15, 2020. The movie, which was shot in Toronto, was originally slated for a date nearer to Halloween, on October 23, 2020. The only other film currently scheduled to be released on May 15 is the animated Scooby-Doo reboot, Scoob!
Before that, we reported that Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, Deep Blue Sea, 1408, Oldboy, RoboCop, Kong: Skull Island) is now co-starring in the movie.
Rock is playing a “police detective investigating a series of grisly crimes,” while Jackson portrays his character’s father. Other confirmed cast members include Max Minghella (Horns) who will play William Schenk, Rock’s partner and Marisol Nichols (Scream 2) will play Captain Angie Garza, Rock’s boss.
Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said: “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt.”
The new Saw is being produced by Mark Burg and Oren Koules, and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (St. Agatha; Abbatoir; The Barrens; Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV). The screenplay was written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw; Sorority Row; Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD, based on a storyline by Chris Rock.
Variety first reported that actor-comedian Chris Rock and Lionsgate are collaborating on a Saw spinoff. Rock said: “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.”
Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, made the announcement that the new movie will be released on October 23, 2020.
“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 [grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide] 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.”
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