Monday Movie Report: Samuel L. Jackson partners with Chris Rock on new ‘Saw’

Chris Rock is working on a reboot of the “Saw” franchise and Samuel L. Jackson has come on board to help.

According to Variety, production has already started on the picture, with Rock playing a police detective investigating several disturbing crimes. Variety reports Jackson will play the father of Rock’s character.

The movie is also starring Max Minghella, who now is featured in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Variety states Minghella will portray the police partner of Rock’s character.
While Variety has reported on the start of production, Lionsgate is keeping many other details, especially revolving around the plot, secret.

Filmmakers Max Burg and Oren Koules, who worked on the original “Saw” franchise, are returning to produce here. According to Variety, Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed “Saw 2” “3” and “4” will once again be helming.

The series has long revolved around John Kramer, who has an alias of Jigsaw. The character is well known for putting victims in traps, with the intent to make them appreciate life. Variety reports Tobin Bell as the actor who starred as Jigsaw in all the movies so far.

The flick is currently set to hit theaters Oct. 23, 2020.

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At the box office this weekend, it was the Marvel film “Spider-Man: Far From Home” earning the top spot with $93.6 million. The movie made even more money when accounting for its early opening around the July 4 holiday. Coming in second was “Toy Story 4” with $34.3 million.

The full top five was:

1. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $93,600,000
2. Toy Story 4 – $34,300,000
3. Yesterday – $10,750,000
4. Annabelle Comes Home – $9,750,000
5. Aladdin – $7,600,000

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the comedy “Stuber” and the thriller “Crawl.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, movies coming this week are:

  • Pet Sematary, my rating: 2.85 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.13 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%.
  • Little, my rating: 2 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 46%.
  • After, my rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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