The Saw series is one of the most successful horror franchises of all time, so it’s not surprising that a reboot is in the works. What is more surprisingly is that the story for the new Saw movie has been developed by Chris Rock, who is better known for his stand-up and comedy films than for gory horror movies.
As reported by Deadline, Rock has written a new Saw storyline that is being adapted into a screenplay by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. Goldfinger and Stolberg wrote the last movie in the series, 2017’s Jigsaw, as well as movies such as Piranha 3D and Sorority Row. The Saw reboot will be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who previously helmed Saw 2, 3, and 4.
In turns out that Rock is a big fan of the franchise, which kicked off in 2004 with James Wan’s classic Saw. In a statement he said: “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”
Long-time Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules gave a few more details about the movie. “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,” they said. “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.”
This isn’t the first time a high-profile horror movie has been co-written by an actor best known for comedy roles. Eastbound and Down star Danny McBride worked on last year’s Halloween reboot, which grossed more than $254 million worldwide.
Although Jigsaw wasn’t as successful as some of the other entries, it still made $102 million worldwide, from an estimated production budget of $10 million. For more Saw coverage on GameSpot, check out the Saw movie series ranked from worst to best.