First we had comedian Jordan Peele jumping into the horror genre with 2017’s Get Out and then funny-man Danny McBride stepped in with 2018’s Halloween and now Chris Rock is here to show that he’s got something to say as well as he has written a reboot for Saw. According to Deadline, Chris Rock pitched his “reimagining” to Lionsgate and they loved it.
Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake 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.” Chris Rock added that, ““I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004 [and] I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
Rock’s Saw film will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4, Tales of Halloween) and produced by longtime Saw-series producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules and executive produced by Chris Rock, Daniel Heffner and the creators of Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannel.
As weird as this news may seem, don’t forget that people also thought it was odd when the guy who did The Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House and The Blues Brothers wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more news on this chapter of the Saw franchise as it comes available.