Lionsgate Teaming with Chris Rock for New Saw Movie

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Turns out comedian and actor Chris Rock is a massive fan of the Saw franchise, so much so that he's helping collaborate with Lionsgate for a new spinoff, Variety reports. Rock is a big fan of the franchise, and he's ready to bring it back to life.

The reboot has revealed Darren Lynn Bousman as the director, marking his return after directing the second, third and fourth movies in the franchise.

The Saw series is one of the most successful horror franchises of all time, so it's not surprising that a reboot is in the works.

Instead, Lionsgate said his vision, which he apparently described to them in "chilling" detail, "reimagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer", although it will be "completely reverential to the legacy of the material". Rock is executive producing and came up with the story; the script itself will be from Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who wrote the most recent instalment. All I know is, until 20 minutes ago I never stopped to imagine what a Chris Rock-ified Saw movie would be like, and now it's all I can think about it.

Vice Principals star Danny McBride helped breathe new life into the Halloween franchise by co-writing an eleventh instalment to the series previous year; meanwhile comedian Jordan Peele is now an Oscar-winning master of horror, after trading in comedy sketches for films like Get Out and Us.

Reportedly, a new film is on schedule for October 23, 2020. "I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place", Rock said in a statement, according to Indiewire.

The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the Jigsaw Killer or Jigsaw, who traps victims in situations that test their will to live. Chris Rock had this to say about the impending horror release. That was more of a direct sequel to the original franchise, whereas what Rock has cooked up sounds like a fresh start - everyone is calling it a "reimagining".

After fellow comedian Jordan Peele found critical acclaim and success in the horror movie world, Rock, 54, is trying his hand at the genre with the next Saw movie. Now, Rock is getting in on that action.