Here’s Why Chris Rock Might Be Just What the ‘Saw’ Franchise Needs

     May 16, 2019

Welcome back for a brand new episode of our flagship show, Collider Movie Talk! Today Perri Nemiroff is joined by Jay Washington and Greg Alba to talk about some of the hottest movie news stories of the day.

The first story up on this Thursday show is the mighty surprising news that Chris Rock of all people is stepping in to bring the Saw franchise back to the big screen. As described by producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, “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.” This “event film” won’t be a reboot, rather a story that will work with the existing franchise mythology started by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. The Movie Talk  panel jumps in to discuss if this is too out-of-left-field to work or if Rock might have something special here.


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Sticking with James Wan movie updates, the team also talks about the announcement that the long-awaited Mortal Kombat movie is finally getting off the ground, expected to shoot in Australia later this year. Wan is on board as a producer, supporting the directorial debut of award-winning commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid. What’s the panel hoping to see in this new Mortal Kombat movie? Oren Uziel was the first writer on the film and back in 2017 when he was promoting his feature debut, the Netflix release Shimmer Lake, he described his version of Mortal Kombat as “almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat.” Is there any chance some of his script is still in the mix? Could Wan and Koules be going the R-rated route, following the success of Deadpool and Logan? Catch the panel’s thoughts in the brand new episode of Movie Talk at the top of this article.

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