Comedian and actor Chris Rock and Lionsgate are set to create a spinoff of the Saw franchise according to Variety.
Rock, who is a longtime fan of the franchise, apparently approached Lionsgate with his pitch and the execs were blown away.
In an announcement released by Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, said, “When Chris 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.”
Drake went on to comment that the film will be both reinvigorating and reverential to the entire franchise.
It was in 2004 that we were introduced to the Jigsaw Killer and his elaborate machinations in the first Saw film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan based on a story the two men wrote together.
The original film starred Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) and Leigh Whannell (Insidious) along with Tobin Bell (Mississippi Burning) as the mysterious Jigsaw.
Since that time, the franchise has spawned seven sequels, each expanding the lore of its legendary killer who has attained his own immortality in an unconventional way via his disciples.
Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed the second, third, and fourth installments in the franchise will return to helm the new project with a script based on Rock’s story and written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg.
The project is set to release October 23, 2020, and iHorror will keep you informed of all the details as they become available.