For the past year we’ve been left to wonder just what a Chris Rock-led Saw spin-off would look like, and today we’ve gotten our first peek. It looks a lot like Seven, to be honest, right down to Rock’s detective facing a mystery box that needs opening.
All told it’s not a bad choice to crib, and so far what’s on offer is intriguing, if pretty rudimentary. We’ve all seen the detective-driven neo-noir with the hardened cop teamed with some fresh-faced new guy who has a wife and kid. We’ve seen a serial killer targeting the police and turning his murders into a macabre game of cat-and-mouse. We’ve certainly seen Samuel L. Jackson say motherfucker before, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad. Familiarity isn’t always a harbinger of doom.
We’re yet to really see how this fits into the Saw canon, but Spiral is described as a new chapter in the book of Saw, so it’s safe to assume this isn’t a total reboot of the long-running franchise.
I’m sure we’ll see more distinct trailers that will likely give away the entire movie soon enough as Spiral stalks toward its theatrical release of May 15, 2020.