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Chris Rock: Comedian to Reboot ‘Saw’ Horror Franchise

Chris Rock performs during the the Movement Voter Project comedy benefit at The Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Oct. 23, 2018 - Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

Chris Rock performs during the the Movement Voter Project comedy benefit at The Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
(Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

*Watch out Jordan PeeleChris Rock may be coming for your crown as the new king of horror.

The comedian has teamed with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to reboot the “Saw” franchise, and a new film is set to drop in theaters on Oct. 23, 2020.

Rock will reportedly star in the project that he’s also executive producing, alongside longtime “Saw” producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, TheWrap reports.

The screenplay, based on Rock’s concept, will be written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. The film will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed three of the most successful “Saw” films.

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“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,” said Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group.

“‘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 added: “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 “Saw” movies have grossed $454 million at the domestic box office and almost $1 billion worldwide.  

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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