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'SAW' spin-off in the works from Chris Rock and James Wan

'SAW' spin-off in the works from Chris Rock and James Wan

Chris Rock has a new vision for the SAW franchise — Yep, you read that correctly folks. Chris Rock, long-time stand-up comedian, actor, producer, and Saw franchise’s #1 fan has entered a partnership with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to reimagine the SAW franchise.Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, announced the news with a release set for October 23, 2020. Series braintrusts, Leigh Whannell and James Wan will serve as Executive Producers, with Mark Burg and Oren Koules serving in Producer capacity. Darren Lynn Bousman, the director behind Saw II - IV, has been tapped to direct from a screenplay written by Jigsaw writers (That’s Saw installment #8) Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. Interestingly, Goldfinger and Stolberg will adapt their screenplay based on a story conceived by Chris Rock.Rock’s screenplay is described as a “mind-bending” and “intense” reimagining based on the twisted and cerebral “Jigsaw” whose unorthox appreciation of “life” led to a serialized game of life and death by putting his victims through a series of mechanical traps. In a statement to EW, Rock shared “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004” and he is “excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place”.As someone who stopped out after SAW III, I can’t say for certain whether or not this series needs revitalizing or simply needs to die a quick death. But there’s no denying that Rock is a talented figure who, like Jordan Peele (see - Candyman), has a story to tell. Hopefully it’s good.Stay tuned.

'Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tapped for 2020's new 'Star Wars' film

'Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tapped for 2020's new 'Star Wars' film

It’s official. The next Star Wars film is coming from the Game of Thrones showrunners — Speaking at a communications summit, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the next Star Wars film will come from the much loved and hated (hate is such a harsh word) Emmy-winning Game of Thrones showrunners and NOT Rian Johnson.As part of the statement, Iger says “We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs, and we’re not saying anything more about that.”Interestingly, Iger’s announcement did not clarify if Benioff and Weiss have been tapped for just one film, a trilogy, and/or whether or not Benioff and Weiss’s previously announced Star Wars series is still on. Iger’s announcement also leaves the future of Rian Johnson’s previously announced saga completely up in the air.But on the heels of Disney’s revamped theatrical release schedule, we know Disney and Lucasfilm have planned THREE new Star Wars installments starting December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024, and concluding December 18, 2026. At the time, conventional wisdom led me to believe those dates were reserved for Rian Johnson’s saga and Benioff and Weiss’s series would be announced for a later date, possibly for Disney+.Nonetheless, Benioff and Weiss’s confirmation will undoubtedly be met with plenty of emotions depending on which stable you fall under.

Universal sets release date for 'PURGE 5'

Universal sets release date for 'PURGE 5'

Another 12-hours of terror is coming in 2020 — After four films and an impressive $456 million dollar worldwide gross, it only felt like a matter of time until Universal would greenlight the FIFTH entry of ’The Purge’ series.Today, Universal did just that. Announcing the next chapter of James DeMonaco’s dystopian horror franchise will be returning July 10, 2020.Series creator, James DeMonaco, is confirmed to write and direct Universal’s untitled entry. Sources did not confirm who, beyond DeMonaco, will be involved and when the fifth entry will take place. After 2018’s lackluster prequel The First Purge, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the fifth installment pick up after the annual “purge” was officially declared illegal at the conclusion of Purge: Election Year. At any rate, it sounds like there’s more to story explore in what was considered a forward-thinking genre meditation on race, class, and politics.Blumhouse will once again co-produce along with Platinum Dunes.

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