Chris Rock Is Revamping The Saw Franchise And What?

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It’s the mashup we never saw coming, but comedian Chris Rock is heading up a reboot of the psychological/gore-happy thriller series, Saw.

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The spinoff films - based on the original gory movies by James Wan and Leigh Whannell - will be a creative collaboration between the actor and writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who were the brains behind the eighth and most recent Saw sequel, 2017's Jigsaw.

Filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the titles in the franchise, is also returning for the revamp.

"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," Lionsgate executive Joe Drake shares in a statement.

"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." 

Rock adds, "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."

The as-yet-untitled movie is expected to move into production swiftly, with a projected launch date set for October, 2020.

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