According to Deadline, the superstar comedian approached Saw producers Lionsgate with a new spin on the long-running torture-based horror franchise. Lionsgate loved the idea, calling it "mind-bending." There's an Oct. 23, 2020 release date.
"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 chairman Joe Drake told the industry publication. "This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films." He added that the new movie is true to the Saw canon while "reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion."
That view was echoed by the series' producers. "It will have all of the twists and turns and hardcore layers that our fans expect directed by one of the masters of the craft, Darren Lynn Bousman. We can’t wait to get started,” said producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules.
Saw churned out seven movies in six years, pausing in 2010 and returning in 2017 for its eighth installment, Jigsaw. Rock explained that he's been onboard with the stories of Jigsaw from the very beginning. “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004,” said Rock. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
Many comedians have been jumping into the horror game. Most notably, Jordan Peele has released two critically acclaimed horror films as writer and director of both Get Out and Us. Eastbound and Down's Danny McBride was writer and executive producer of Blumhouse's wildly successful Halloween reboot.