A lot of films have had to pivot and adjust both their production start dates and their ultimate theatrical release dates due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic. This fan of anything and everything Halloween related caught hep to that jive early on when the release date for director David Gordon Green’s penultimate Michael Myers sequel Halloween Kills was pushed back an entire twelve months in an attempt to wait out the pandemic. And for cripes sake, don’t even get me started on the seemingly forever in limbo sequel to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place; that particular flick is apparently only doing screenings for Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart, so lengthy has its delay been (although word ‘round campfire has it that the sophomore outing will have a May 28, 2021 drop date…). Granted, it seems beyond petty to quibble with movie releases when we’re dealing with real world issues, but I bring all of the above up now only to underline just how nice it is to see the also delayed Saw sequel Spiral: From the Book of Saw get an earlier than announced opening date from its COVID-revised drop date, perhaps proving that life is slowly returning to something resembling normalcy.
Announced by our gory compatriots over at Bloody Disgusting News, the latest addition to the Saw franchise directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (director of Saw II-IV) will be, um, sawing its way into theaters – or at least streaming services – on May 14, 2021, a full week earlier than its revised May 21 drop date. And, despite my quip about the movie simultaneously appearing via streaming service, it appears that the Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson scare-fest will be exclusive for the time being to theaters.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw showcases Chris Rock as gumshoe Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks along with his partner (essayed by Max Minghella) who assume command of an investigation into a series of grisly murders that bear more than a passing resemblance to other slayings in the city’s morbid past. Before too long, Banks finds himself the target of the mysterious killer.
In a press release about the new release date, Lionsgate Big Wheel David Spitz said that “With movie theaters now open in New York and Los Angeles and moviegoers returning to their favorite pastime, Spiral, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, puts a fresh spin on a favorite franchise. We know that Saw fans, as well as those experiencing their first Saw adventure, will be on the edge of their seats with this thrilling new film. We are proud to support the exhibitors with one of our most eagerly awaited films. We are confident this film will kick off a robust summer movie-going season.”
So yay for the new Saw film! Now let’s stick the release landing for Halloween Kills and all will be Jake…