‘Spiral’ Leads ‘Saw’ Franchise Onto Starz For Halloween

SpiralFrom the Book of Saw has dominated the domestic box office the last two weeks, and now the ninth installment in the popular Saw franchise will play Trick or Treat on Starz.

Spiral–which pushed the franchise over the $1-billion total earnings mark last week–will air exclusively on the premium subscription platform starting Oct. 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as part of a deal that also will include the rest of the Saw films.

This arrangement, as explained, comes to Starz as part of Lionsgate’s new theatrical output agreement with Starz for its Lionsgate and Summit label movies. Spiral is a Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures entry.

The Lionsgate and Starz marketing and publicity teams are jointly working on Spiral’s multiphase rollout. Alison Hoffman, Starz president of domestic networks, said in a statement that the platform is “excited to expand our theatrical output agreement with Lionsgate, bringing more premium content to our subscribers ahead of schedule with Spiral and the blockbuster Saw franchise.”

Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide television distribution, added that “by collaborating with Twisted Pictures, we’re able to bring Spiral to each of its audiences at the perfect time–synchronizing its pay window debut with the arrival of the rest of the Saw franchise in its rightful place at Halloween.”

Spiral–directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger–stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols. The film follows Det. Zeke Banks–the son of a famous police chief–as he works on a “grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Saw franchise.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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