Looks like Chris Rock is going the way of fellow funnyman Jordan Peele and taking his comedic talents to the horror genre. The comedian has just inked a deal with Lionsgate to reboot the Saw franchise with an expected release date of October 23, 2020.
Deadline reports that Chris approached the studio with a fully-baked idea for a new Saw film with Jigsaw and Piranha 3D writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg to turn it into the screenplay. Apparently Rock is a Saw stan.
“I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004,” he was quoted as saying. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
Sounds… terrifying? According to the long-time producers of the franchise, Rock is bringing his own fresh perspective and brand of humour to the new film “in the way Eddie Murphy put a completely fresh perspective on buddy-cop films with 48 Hours.”
A new take on buddy-films is one thing, but if this latest comedian-turned-horror-film-creator is anything like the last one (looking at you, Jordan), we’re in for the psychological thriller of our lives. Stock up on sleep now.
The Saw franchise consists of a total of eight movies spanning 15 years. The series originally ended with 2010’s Saw: The Final Chapter but was rebooted in 2017 with Jigsaw.