Check out big new trailer that’s arrived for Spiral, the delayed Saw franchise entry (its planned May 2020 was pushed with the pandemic) led by Chris Rock.
The ninth (!) film in the horror-thriller franchise, spawned from the James Wan-directed breakout hit back in 2004, stars Rock as Zeke, a brash cop looking into some gnarly murders that look to be from a copycat killer emulating Jigsaw’s past work. Max Minghella plays Zeke’s rookie partner and Samuel L. Jackson plays Zeke’s father, a police veteran our lead detective is forced to bring onto the case.
The Saw franchise certainly doesn’t need another entry, but if you’re going to reboot it and give it new blood, perhaps this is the way to go. Rock is an unexpected choice to lead a film like this, let alone executive produce and help come up with story for, and it’s admittedly a little jarring hearing that signature voice of his being far from comedic here. But, for me at least, having Rock in front and behind the camera puts an interesting slant on what would otherwise be just another Saw movie. Add in Jackson and you’ve got this writer mighty keen to see what’s in store.
The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who’s certainly well-versed in this universe, having directed Saw II, III & IV. Behind the screenplay are Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, whose credits include previous Saw film Jigsaw (2017), Piranha 3D, and Sorority Row.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw, also starring Marisol Nichols, will be arriving in Australian cinemas on May 13th and hitting US cinemas on May 14th.
Official synopsis for Saw: From the Book of Saw:
A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.