Funnyman Chris Rock is making his horror debut by teaming up with Lionsgate for a new installment of one of the largest and most successful horror franchises, Saw.
I’ve been a fan of ‘Saw’ since the first film in 2004,” said Rock in a Lionsgate release. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
The idea for the spin-off came from Rock himself who approached Lionsgate with the idea for the still-untitled film. The screenplay will be written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, based on Rock’s story. Darren Lynn Bousman, who has helmed three of the most successful “Saw” films will be returning to the director’s chair for this film.
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 Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group.
Drake went on to say that Rock is “completely reverential” to the horror legacy of Saw and that the film would benefit from the comedian’s “wit and creative vision.”
While the new film does not have a title and the plot remains unknown, it does have a release date, October 23, 2020.