"There is no reverse bear trap in the champagne room."
This will not surprise anyone who has been writing about me over the years, but I spend a good deal every day hoping that a new Saw film will be released. However, I have to admit that the last person I've ever thought to thank for a new entry is Chris Rock. When I heard the news for the first time, I thought it must necessarily be different, but the following press release makes it clear that the act for Saw IX was by the same man who gave us [1
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, the world's leading content provider, will offer fans around the world a new level of devious traps, smart clues and excitement when working with award-winning actor, director and comedian Chris Joe Drake, Lionsgate Chairman Motion Picture Group, announced today to expand the world around the billionaire Saw franchise. The new movie will be released on October 23, 2020.
"When Chris Rock came to us and detailed his fantastic vision that re-imagines and unleashes the infamous Jigsaw Killer's world, we were all-in," said Drake. Saw is one of the most stunning horror series of all time and one of Lionsgate's most successful series of films, this upcoming film will still be as stunning and intense as any previous Saw films has conceived this idea and will fully respect the heritage of the material as he revives the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise. "
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] Produced by longtime sawmakers Mark Burg and Oren Koules – who are back to direct this reinterpretation, Darren Lynn Bousman is the director of three of the most successful films The Saw franchise is based on a story by Chris Rock written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg hris Rock (19659011), Saw (19659012), Daniel Heffner (19659011) and the original makers of Saw (19659012), James Wan and Leigh Whannell (19659012) produced.
"I've been a fan of Saw since the first movie in 2004," Rock said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to bring this to a really intense and twisted new location."
As a fan, I absolutely hate that I have to wait a year and a half to see a new entry, let alone one so fascinating. But I'm just delighted that the franchise will indeed continue and that Rock will be the weird man as far as the newcomers behind the scenes of the sequel are concerned. While the story is his, the script itself is left to the team that wrote the successful (though not entirely satisfactory) jigsaw and even better, Darren Bousman returns to Direct after posting the last entries , Since he was behind the three highest earnings of the series (and my personal favorite of the bunch, Saw III, 19659004), I see his return as a huge "get" for the franchise as well as a bit of confirmation. This will feel very similar to the one Rest of the franchise, despite Rock's left field, but intriguing addition.
One thing NOT mentioned in the news release is the casting; Although the unfortunate victims are likely to be occupied much later, I have to wonder why the name of Tobin Bell is not mentioned yet. Since Jigsaw found a way to put him back in the box (as it was half the prequel) and the authors of the film return, I would assume that they pick up on this story and perhaps show how his new apprentice Logan came through the ranks (and where he was seven entries during the other, since he seemed to have been on board practically from the beginning). On the other hand, following the success of Halloween last year, I can also see how they wipe the slate clean so they do not have to worry about such things, as this has certainly proved lucrative.
On the other hand, these films have always attempted to disguise the plot's details, and all recurring performers would largely depend on what Rock's concept implies. The actor says he loves the first movie, but did he stick to the Hoffman years? Will he finally pick up the intriguing concept of "Jigsaw Disciples" introduced in Saw 3D ? And, perhaps most importantly, will he get his adult contributors to sacrifice? You put David Spade in a situation where he might have a torn-up mind, and I guarantee Lionsgate that he earns 100 million dollars gross. All I know is that until 20 minutes ago I could never imagine what a Chris Rock-ified Saw movie would look like, and now all I can think about is. I'll watch that closely, I assure you.
(Note: header image used by Andy Witchger with permission from Wikimedia Commons)