Jordan Peele better keep one eye over his shoulder less Chris Rock swoop in and claim the title of Most Impressive Second Act As a Horror Film Auteur By a Black Comedian. Sure, Chris is a little older, but that doesn’t mean his brain isn’t overflowing with witty and original ideas that propel the genre forward. According to Variety, Chris is taking a stab at spin-off of the Saw franchise.
Chris 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.” His idea? Offer the franchise’s terrifying villain Jigsaw a taste of his own medicine. Instead of Jigsaw trapping people in a room and waiting for them to saw their limbs off, Jigsaw will be trapped in a room with Chris’ pal Louis CK waiting for him to jack off to completion! Maybe? That’s what I’d do anyway.
But alas, I think it’s a little easier for Chris to enter the room where it happens than me. And by “it” I mean getting a film greenlit based on an idea I had while taking a shit because I forgot to bring my phone with me and what am going to do, read a shampoo bottle? No, I’m going to CREATE ART.
“When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” said Drake. “‘Saw’ is one of the highest-grossing horror franchises of all time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous ‘Saw’ films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”
“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,’”
Ah, so a standard Saw movie, but with a wide-cracking black guy in the style of Chris Rock, but not actually Chris Rock. Chris isn’t going to be in the movie. Or directing it. Or writing it. But he will be an executive producer. He’s just the idea man. It’s up to somebody else to reach into the toilet and breath life into Chris’ creative vision. So stand down, Jordan Peele. Your title is safe. For now.