‘Spiral’: Release date, plot, trailer, cast and all you need to know about this ‘Saw’ reboot
Rock will play the role of a police detective and Samuel L. Jackson will play his father while 'The Handmaid's Tale' star Max Minghella will play Rock's partner William Schenk
While the 2017 reboot of the Saw franchise titled 'Jigsaw' didn't manage to be a box office hit, it didn't end up being the final installment of the series. Earlier this year, in May, Lionsgate announced that comedian Chris Rock is behind the upcoming reboot of the franchise, aka 'Saw 9.' Described as a "reimagining and a spinning-off of the franchise", the gore and bloodbath coming from a comedian could be expected to follow the trajectory that Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' and 'Us' did, so stay tuned for its arrival. Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the film.
Initially, the date confirmed by Lionsgate was October 23, 2020, but more recently, the reboot was moved much earlier, to May 15, 2020. As of July 8, filming had started in Toronto, under the working title 'The Organ Donor', but nothing has been confirmed yet.
While most of the plot is being kept under wraps, it has been revealed that the protagonist will be a detective "investigating a series of grizzly crimes". According to co-writer Josh Stolberg's tweet, "I can say with pretty much certainty that our new film will NOT be called Jigsaw 2. But I don't make the decisions, so who knows. But it's NOT a sequel to Jigsaw. It's DEFINITELY in the timeline of ALL the films though."
The story comes from Rock, and Darren Lynn Bousman is back once again to direct his fourth film in the franchise. 'Jigsaw' writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg are serving as writers while long-time Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are also returning.
Rock will play the role of a police detective, and Samuel L. Jackson will play the role of his father. 'The Handmaid's Tale' star Max Minghella will play Rock's partner William Schenk, and Marisol Nichols is onboard as Captain Angie Garza, Rock's boss. Considering Stolberg has also posted on-set photos with Hannah Anderson, who played Eleanor in 'Jigsaw', and also Alison Luther, who had a minor role as Jane in 'Saw IV', there are speculations about them reprising their characters. But if Tobin Bell does not appear as John Kramer, this would be the first Saw movie without him.
The trailer for ‘Spiral’ that dropped on February 6 starts with two cops, Chris Rock and his partner Max Minghella (of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ fame), cruising around the city, bantering, when they receive a call about a police officer’s death. The two decide to check it out and from there, things go south as they realize someone, whose calling card is spiral markings (exactly like that on Jigsaw’s mask’s cheeks) is murdering cops in a grisly fashion. Their investigation is headed by a veteran cop played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Towards the end of the one-minute-forty-second-long trailer, we see Chris Rock waking up to find himself chained to a wall, with only a hacksaw in his reach -- a moment that is as iconic as any ‘Saw’ moment can be.
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