Was I shocked to hear that Chris Rock was writing and producing a brand new Saw film? Yes, yes I was. Was I excited as well? I sure was. Like many, I feel that the Saw franchise kind of lost its way over time and became redundant and tired. It was no surprise that Lionsgate wasn’t making the films as much as they used to. But when word hit that Rock was taking on the series, eyebrows (and interest) were raised. He’s one of the last people you’d expect to charter a new path for the property. Hell, I didn’t even know he liked horror movies. But apparently he does and his story for the new movie is something that’s got Lionsgate very excited. And now we know who’ll star in the film.
Samuel L. Jackson will star alongside Rock himself and Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols. Lionsgate has confirmed that Rock will be playing a police detective investigating a series of brutal murders while Jackson will play Rock’s father. Minghella will portray Rock’s partner and Nichols his boss.
Joe Drake of Lionsgate had this to say:
I don’t need to tell you that Samuel L. Jackson is a big get for this, or any, movie. Yes, he’s been in about thirteen million films but he’s been consistent in them all. He’s a wonderful addition to any film. Plus it’s been awhile since we’ve seen him in a horror film. And him playing Rock’s father? That means we will get a lot of one-on-one with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. Don’t threaten me with a good time, Saw reboot!
The cast for Saw is coming together and it’s looking better and better. What stands out to me most is Lionsgate’s Joe Drake referring to the reboot’s story as “unexpected.” There have been rumors that Rock’s story idea is very novel and different for the franchise and it seems that Lionsgate is hinting at such. What has he come up with that persuaded the studio to green light the film? Surely his name alone was a major draw but methinks Rock has toyed with what we expect from a Saw film. In a world where Jordan Peele and Ari Aster are delivering unique and important horror films with something to say, is it possible that Rock is going to be doing the same for Saw? He’s never been one to shy away from rocking (hehehehe) the boat and doing things differently, let’s hope that’s what he’s up to here. The world doesn’t need just another Saw movie. It needs a DIFFERENT type of Saw movie.
What is Chris Rock doing that’s unexpected? We have to wait awhile to find out. His Saw reboot, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, is expected to slash into theaters on October 23, 2020.