'SAW' Update: Chris Rock Talks About the Film After Seeing a "Rough Cut" For Himself
Updated: Feb 18
Months back we heard 'Saw' was coming back again......AGAIN. Which, is about as surprising as 'Frozen II' having snow in it.
It was surprising however to find out that the idea for the script came from comedian Chris Rock who would also be playing a detective in the film, his dad played by Samuel L. Jackson. The entire thing is so off the wall that I'm down for it in a way I probably wouldn't have been for another sequel otherwise. I like weird. Let's get weird!
Apart from that news and a few Instagram posts from director Darryl Lynn Bousman (Saw II), we haven't heard jack diddly about the film ahead of its release date. Until now!
IGN spoke with Rock who had this to say about the film:
"A lot of times I go to a movie or I watch a TV show and I go, ‘Wow, you know, two jokes would have made a big difference in that. I love Saw, but I was like ‘wow, it has almost no humor at all.’ So, it seemed like a good place…good fertile ground…by the way, the new 'Saw', I’ve seen like a rough cut. It’s still Saw…it’s bloody, it’s gory, but there’s like a sprinkling of humor here and there. We’re not revamping it, it’s not 'Scary Movie', it’s 'Saw'."
There's humor sprinkled throughout. There's blood and guts. Chris Rock is funny. Nothing on the surface here is very surprising, but I find it interesting he's already seen a rough cut of the film.
It would have been way more exciting to have him say something along the lines of "This is going to be scary as hell, people!" but let's be honest; Nobody would have believed him anyways. We would have all just moaned "Oh, that's what he has to say. He's a producer for the thing."
Still yet, he didn't say it.
That being said, I'm not worried about too much humor in a horror movie. That's not a new concept and often the two go hand in hand. I also have a gut feeling the new 'Saw' film is going to be focused more on entertainment than pure scares. I don't think we're looking at the next 'Exorcist' here but an entertaining film will be enough for a franchise that's had more downs than ups.
Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts? Will Chris Rock pull off the best 'Saw' sequel in recent memory?