‘Spiral’: ‘Saw’ Writer Leigh Whannell Reacts to Chris Rock’s New Take

by Jeremy Spirogis
Saw sequel Spiral: Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock

Leigh Whannell wrote the unique Saw and its first two sequels. As the creators of the franchise, Whannell and director James Wan get government producer credit score on all of the sequels together with the upcoming reboot Spiral. Spiral is predicated on Chris Rock’s concept for a Saw film, however Whannell nonetheless has a shocking connection to Rock.

Saw sequel Spiral: Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock
Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock | Brooke Palmer/Lionsgate

Whannell hosted a screening of 4 thrillers in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 22. He screened Fatal Attraction, Gone Girl, Misery and Dead Calm as inspirations for his upcoming adaptation of The Invisible Man. Between screenings Whannell gave a Q&A and shared his ideas on Rock’s Spiral. The Invisible Man is out Friday, Feb. 28 and Spiral opens Friday, May 15, 2020.

Before ‘Spiral,’ Leigh Whannell talked to Chris Rock about ‘Saw’ as soon as

People within the trade typically cross paths in Hollywood. Whannell met Rock on the Palm Springs Film Festival, though Whannell was nervous. Spiral wasn’t even a glimmer in Rock’s eye but.

“We go to this lunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival,” Whannell stated. “My agent does this factor the place he pushes me in the direction of folks, like, ‘You ought to meet the man who created Lost.’ You actually don’t wish to speak to this particular person since you don’t have something good to say, however earlier than you already know it your agent has pushed you in. It’s like a mother or father pushing two youngsters collectively. ‘You both like trucks.’”

Saw creator Leigh WhannellSaw creator Leigh Whannell
Leigh Whannell | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

Even although Whannell was already a participant within the trade with a number of films beneath his belt, he was nervous to fulfill Rock.

“[My agent] saw Chris Rock and he was like, ‘You should meet Chris,’” Whannell stated. “I’m now standing in front of Chris Rock, can’t think of anything good to say of course. I think I said something like ‘big fan.’ He hears that 200 times a day so he said something gracious like, ‘oh, thanks.’”

Chris Rock was already a fan of ‘Saw’ lengthy earlier than ‘Spiral’

Rock turned the fanboy when he discovered Whannell was the author of one in every of his favourite horror films, Saw.

Chris Rock in SpiralChris Rock in Spiral
Chris Rock | Brooke Palmer/Lionsgate

“As he was strolling away, his agent stated to him, ‘Oh, that man wrote Saw,’” Whannell stated. “Chris Rock simply stopped. He turns round, came visiting beaming. He was like, ‘You wrote Saw? I f*cking love Saw.’ And he stated to me, ‘You know, I might like to make a Saw movie in the future.’ I believed he was simply doing the factor that folks do at Hollywood events. ‘Oh, you’re sporting a pink jacket. I really like pink jackets.’ But he wasn’t.”

Chris Rock put his cash the place his mouth is with ‘Spiral’

When Lionsgate introduced plans for Rock to develop a Saw film, even earlier than they’d the identify Spiral, many followers have been shocked a comic was within the horror franchise. Whannell knew Rock meant it.

“When I was told that that was happening, the first thing I thought was Chris Rock wasn’t bulsh*tting me,” Whannell stated. “He actually did wish to make a Saw movie. So that’s what I considered once I was informed about it. I used to be like wow, Chris Rock was critical. He wasn’t simply giving me a line at a celebration. He actually does love Saw and he actually does wish to do this.”

Chris Rock pitched Leigh Whannell a comedy ‘Saw’

The trailer for Spiral makes it clear that that is no joke. It’s taking the Saw legacy severely. Rock’s first concept was certainly to play Saw for laughs.

“It was funny because he pitched it as a comedy,” Whannell stated. “He stated, ‘Wouldn’t it’s nice if Saw had been me and Jonah Hill?’ And I used to be like, ‘Yeah, it would’ve been superior. Probably would’ve been higher than the precise film.’”

Samuel L. Jackson in SpiralSamuel L. Jackson in Spiral
Samuel L. Jackson | Brooke Palmer/Lionsgate

Perhaps that half was simply social gathering speak. When Rock bought the chance to make Spiral, he took it severely and did Whannell proud.

“I’m really curious about it,” Whannell stated. “I’ve not seen it but the fact that Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson are in it, who I love, makes me really curious to see it.”

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