By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Fresh blood in front of the camera and a franchise veteran behind it are bringing a new chapter in the torturous saga of SAW to the screen, and a trailer and poster have now been released.
Lionsgate releases SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW May 15. Original film series producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules return, and Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed the second through fourth installments, is at the helm. Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger scripted from a story by Chris Rock, who’s also an executive producer and stars; the cast additionally includes Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols and Samuel L. Jackson. The synopsis: “A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran [Jackson], brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks [Rock] and his rookie partner [Minghella] take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.”