Spiral: from the book of saw
Chris Rock (“Fargo,” Top Five) as Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks
Max Minghella (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” The Ides of March) as Detective William Schenk
Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale,” “Teen Wolf”) as Captain Angie Garza
Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane) as Marcus Banks
Zoie Palmer as Kara Boswick
Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) is a detective who is investigating a series of gory murders perpetrated by a copycat killer inspired by original Saw villain Jigsaw. With him is rookie partner William Schenk (Max Minghella). Marcus Banks (Samuel L. Jackson) is Ezekiel’s father. Marcus is an ex-cop who is somehow involved with the Jigsaw copycat. The Jigsaw imitator is motivated by a desire to take down dirty cops.
Statement by Chris Rock
The first idea I had was, what if I was a cop who woke up in a trap, or had one hand chained to a pipe and a saw in the other. That spurred all of our conversations, and as we talked, everybody got excited about what this movie could be.
It’s a genuine roller coaster that works on all of your senses. It has drama, cop action, a touch of comedy, and a ton of extreme horror. Basically, it’s got everything you could want, including some amazing traps. I mean, those traps are what separate Saw from all other series.
I told Mark Burg that I didn’t want to have anything to do with the traps. In fact, I didn’t even want to see them until I got to the set. Mark and his team know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to artfully killing people on screen, so I told them, ‘I’ll handle my part of the detective story, and you guys handle all the gore, because you do it better than anyone.’”
Statement by Samuel L Jackson
I’m a huge fan of horror movies. I love when I get the call to be in one. The Saw franchise is in its own category – it’s legendary. To be part of that was a call I couldn’t resist.
Who wouldn’t want to hang around with Chris (Rock) for a few weeks? It’s one of those times when you realize how much you love your job. Chris was so prepared – not a surprise, because I know how much work he puts into his standup and his jokes, and he did just as much to bring this character and story to life.
My character, retired police chief Marcus Banks, is a complex guy. He’s definitely got a complicated relationship with his son. He loves Zeke, of course. But as a former police chief, I think he finds it hard to reconcile or understand what Zeke did in taking down fellow officers. I don’t think Marcus would have handled it the way Zeke did, and it’s a source of pain between them.
Statement by Max Minghella
It felt reminiscent of all the best police movies I was obsessed with while growing up, so to be part of this project fulfilled a very specific dream for me.
And having Chris Rock involved made the whole thing an event. Chris does something really complex with his performance in Spiral. Of course he’s funny, but there’s a real gravitas and pathos to his work here as well.
Zeke is a very experienced, savvy, and street-smart cop, while my character is much more naïve and innocent. But what’s interesting about them is that they quickly end up working very well together. There’s a real arc to their relationship over the course of the movie. Traditionally, buddy cops spend most of their time going at each other, but Spiral takes a different path. Although Zeke and William are at opposite places in their lives, they manage to find a way to work together early on.
Sam (Jackson) is truly one of the greatest living American actors. He’s an icon, and I felt
extremely humbled to be in his presence and to get to work with him in any capacity. It was fascinating to see how he and Chris play off each other in this movie. Their big scene together is one of my favorites. They’ve obviously been friends for a long time, and you can feel that when you see the ease with which they work together.
Here’s the great thing about Spiral. If you’ve never seen a Saw movie before, you can come into this film and you’ll understand exactly what’s going on from the very first scene. But at the same time, it will definitely satisfy longstanding Saw fans.
Statement by Marisol Nichols
When I heard Chris (Rock) was going to put his own spin on the franchise, I just knew it would be really interesting.
It’s like the rebirth of a series that millions of fans absolutely love, so I’m excited to be a part of that.
Normally in most scary movies, law enforcement is there to track down the serial killer and stop them from murdering people. Well, Spiral turns that upside down. This time, the cops are the ones being targeted, so that makes things really fun and different. It’s the kind of film that keeps you pinned to the edge of your seat, and you’ll be covering your eyes for sure.
The writers of the film are Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) & Pete Goldfinger. (Jigsaw, Piranha 3D)
The producers are Oren Koules (Saw, John Q) and Mark Burg (Saw, The Intruder)
The Executive producers of Spiral: from the book of saw are Daniel Jason Heffner (Saw, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Chris Rock, James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring), Leigh Whannell (Saw, The Invisible Man), Stacey Testro (Saw, Jigsaw), Jason Constantine (Saw, The Expendables), Gregg Hoffman, and Kevin Greutert (Saw IV, Leatherface).
The 93 minute movie will be available on May 14, 2021.
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