Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are partnering with Chris Rock to spin-off and expand the “Saw” franchise. The new partnership was announced today by Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group.

According to the studio, the new film will be released on October 23, 2020.

“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 Drake. “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.”

The new film will be produced by Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the most successful films in the “Saw” franchise, is returning to the franchise to direct. Chris Rock created the story that the screenplay is based on, which was written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg.

The film will be executive produced by Chris Rock, Daniel Heffner, and the original creators of “Saw,” James Wan and Leigh Whannell.

“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.”

“Chris wants to put his own spin on the Saw franchise in the way Eddie Murphy put a completely fresh perspective on buddy-cop films with 48 Hours. This new Saw is going to be an event film in the making for horror fans. 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 Burg and Koules.

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