Spiral (2021 film)

Spiral (also known as Spiral: From the Book of Saw) is an upcoming American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.[4] It is the ninth installment in the Saw franchise and stars Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

Spiral
Spiral (2020) poster.jpeg
Teaser poster with original release date
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 21, 2021 (2021-05-21) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 21, 2021, by Lionsgate, after being delayed from its original release date of May 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6]

SynopsisEdit

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.[7]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

According to Chris Rock, the origins of Spiral came from a chance meeting with the head of Lionsgate at a friend's wedding, and felt doing something in the horror genre would be a new avenue to take his career, though planned to include some comedic elements in the film.[11] Rock approached Lionsgate with his ideas of extending the franchise, who became very interested in the concept.[12] 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".[13] 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.[14] By April 2018, Twisted Pictures was reported to be developing a sequel with Jigsaw writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.[15]

On May 16, 2019, the film was officially in production.[13] 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. Joining Rock as executive producers included the original Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell, along with Daniel Heffner.[16] Stolberg and Goldfinger were affirmed as scriptwriters.[13] 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."[13] 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".[13] Likewise, Bousman stated that in comparison to previous entries, Spiral will include less violence and gore, expressing the conviction that the gore and violence was 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.[17] 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.[18]

FilmingEdit

On July 8, 2019, principal photography commenced in Toronto 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.[19][20] 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."[21] On August 28, 2019, filming officially wrapped.[22]

MarketingEdit

The film was known under the working title The Organ Donor,[23] 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.[24] The first teaser poster and trailer, released on February 5, 2020, confirmed Spiral as the title of the film.[7]

ReleaseEdit

Spiral is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 21, 2021, by Lionsgate.[6] The film was originally scheduled to be released on October 23, 2020, but was moved up to May 15, 2020.[25] The film was later delayed to its current release date of May 21, 2021, taking the previous spot of John Wick: Chapter 4, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

ReferencesEdit

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