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Chris Rock‘s Saw reboot is arriving sooner than we first thought, Coming Soon reports. While the horror movie was first slated for an October 2020 release, that premiere has just been moved forward to May 15, 2020.

Deadline broke the news back in May that the 54-year-old comedian and actor is helping Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to reboot the franchise. Rock wrote a story that is being adapted by Pete Goldfinger. “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004,” said Rock at the time. “I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

Rock, Josh Stolberg, Daniel Heffner, and franchise creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell will executive produce, with longtime series producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules also involved, and Darren Lynn Bousman directing. Bousman is responsible for three of the most successful films in the Saw 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,” said Burg and Koules. “This new Saw is going to be an event film in the making for horror fans. It will have all of the twists and turns and hardcore layers that our fans expect directed by one of the masters of the craft, Darren Lynn Bousman. We can’t wait to get started.”

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake added, “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. 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.”

Rock follows in the footsteps of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, who rejuvenated Halloween last year. For more on Rock’s Saw reboot, visit Deadline.

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