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Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Spiral Official Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music byCharlie Clouser
CinematographyJordan Oram[1]
Edited byDev Singh[2]
Production
company
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • May 14, 2021 (2021-05-14) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[4]

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (also known simply as Spiral and Spiral: Saw), is an upcoming American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.[5] It is the ninth installment in the Saw film series and stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 14, 2021, by Lionsgate, after being delayed from its original release date of May 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6][7]

Premise[edit]

Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner William Schenk (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly trapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.[8]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

According to Chris Rock, the origins of Spiral came from a chance meeting with the head of Lionsgate at a friend's wedding, and he felt doing something in the horror genre would be a new avenue to take in his career, though he planned to include some comedic elements in the film.[12] Rock approached Lionsgate with his ideas of extending the franchise, who became very interested in the concept.[13] Lionsgate's CEO Joe Drake said that Rock's idea was "completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise".[14] By January 2018, industry rumors had said that Lionsgate had begun discussions of a ninth Saw film, for which The Spierig Brothers would not be returning.[15] The directors confirmed in an interview with Screen Rant that their film laid the ground work for future sequels.[16] Tobin Bell stated that he would be willing to return as John Kramer / Jigsaw for a ninth Saw film as long as the script was good and expressed interest in delving into the origins of Billy the Puppet.[17] By April 2018, Twisted Pictures was developing a sequel with Jigsaw writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.[18] An early iteration of the script had Rock's character related to Danny Glover's David Tapp from the first film. Stolberg and Goldfinger opted not to go in this direction as it "didn't pass the smell test."[19]

Pre-production[edit]

On May 16, 2019, the film was officially in pre-production.[14] Former series director Darren Lynn Bousman returned to helm the film, along with series veterans Mark Burg and Oren Koules as producers. Rock was involved as an executive producer, in addition to writing the story treatment. The original Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell, along with Daniel Heffner, joined Rock as executive producers.[20] Stolberg and Goldfinger were confirmed as scriptwriters.[14] With the announcement, Rock stated, "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."[14] Burg and Koules said that Rock's treatment of Saw was comparable to what Eddie Murphy had done for buddy cop films in 48 Hrs., giving the Saw series a "completely fresh perspective".[14] Likewise, Bousman stated that in comparison to previous entries, Spiral will include less violence and gore, expressing the conviction that the gore and violence were the gimmick for him back when he started working in the Saw films, but that both elements now serve the story, which focuses more on character, tension and fear.[21] Stolberg also confirmed that the ninth installment will exist in the same canon as the previous eight films, and will not be a reboot, nor will it be a direct sequel to Jigsaw.[22]

Filming[edit]

On July 8, 2019, principal photography commenced in Toronto, Ontario under the working title of The Organ Donor. Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols were announced to be starring in the film.[23][24] Lionsgate's CEO Joe Drake stated, "We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can't wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt."[25] On August 28, 2019, filming officially wrapped up.[26]

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 14, 2021, by Lionsgate.[27] The film was originally scheduled to be released on October 23, 2020, but was moved up to May 15, 2020.[28] As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film's release was later delayed to May 21, 2021, taking the previous spot of John Wick: Chapter 4.[6] It was later pushed up to May 14, 2021, as theaters began reopening.[27]

Marketing[edit]

The film was known under the working title The Organ Donor,[29] until the name Spiral: From the Book of Saw was leaked to the press on January 22, 2020, along with Mongrel Media as the Canadian distributor.[30] The first teaser poster and trailer, released on February 5, 2020, confirmed Spiral: From the Book of Saw as the title of the film.[8]

Future[edit]

Sequel[edit]

In April 2021, a sequel film, titled Saw X, was confirmed to be in development with Twisted Pictures.[31]

Television series[edit]

In an April 2021 interview with Deadline Hollywood, Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs announced that Lionsgate TV is in early talks to develop a television series based on Spiral: From the Book of Saw, alongside Mark Burg and Oren Koules' Twisted Television productions.[32]

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