If one upcoming horror project has everyone curious at the moment, it’s Chris Rock’s reboot of Saw. The comedian has cooked up a fresh take on the Jigsaw killer mythos that caught the attention of Lionsgate – and is starring in the project alongside Samuel L Jackson. It’s the latest example of a storyteller mostly known for comedy turning to the dark side – after Jordan Peele’s success, and Danny McBride’s co-written Halloween reboot – and the new angle is being kept tightly under wraps. Excitingly, we won’t be waiting that long to find out what it is, because the release date has just been moved up by several months.
Originally, Rock’s Saw project was going to hit cinemas around Halloween next year – but now it’s going to arrive on 15 May, only 10 months away. That's a US release date, so expect a similar launch in the UK to be announced in future. The film is shooting now, and if it has a relatively short post-production schedule, it’s not hard to see that it’ll be turned around in time for an early summer launch. The film will see Saw veteran director Darren Lynn Bousman return behind the camera, having previously helmed Saw II, III, and IV, while Rock’s story having been written into a screenplay by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who also wrote 2017 reboot Jigsaw. Also starring in the film are The Handmaid’s Tale’s Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Morgan David Jones.
For now, we’ll be waiting to hear any fresh insights into the nature of the latest Saw story. Stay tuned.