It’s been reported by Variety that Lionsgate will be teaming up with Chris Rock to develop a Saw reboot.

The first Saw created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell was released in 2004 and instantly became a horror phenomenon spawning 7 sequels, most recently 2017’s Jigsaw.  Although the sequels were panned by critics, the franchise built a huge fan-base who would line up to watch the next installment every Halloween.

Lionsgate is looking to revamp the saga and has brought Chris Rock on-board who has declared himself a fan of the horror genre, stating – “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004,” He continued –  “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

The news was announced by the chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake, who said that the first installment of the reboot will be released on Oct. 23, 2020. Although Chris Rock is mostly known for comedy, it’s not unheard of for stars to make the transition to a different genre proven by Danny McBride who co-wrote last year’s Halloween which brought the slasher icon Michael Myers back into popularity and was a success at the box office.

Here’s hoping the collaboration between Rock and Lionsgate can restore the Saw franchise back to its glory!

Stay tuned to Me-Dia for all the upcoming Saw news.

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