Industry News: Chris Rock, Nancy Drew, Bruce Willis and More!

CHRIS ROCK SET TO RELAUNCH SAW FRANCHISE: Comedian Chris Rock is teaming up with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules on a relaunch of the Saw horror franchise for Lionsgate. A release date of October 23, 2020 has been set. The Saw franchise garnered $1 billion for Lionsgate in a series of movies released between 2004 and 2017. “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in,” said Lionsgate motion picture group chairman Joe Drake in a statement. “Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.”

NANCY DREW BRINGS IN RILEY SMITH: Riley Smith is returning to the CW with a lead role opposite Kennedy McCann in Nancy Drew. The show centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (McMann) and follows her as she prepares to leave her hometown for college, but pauses to solve a crime when a socialite is murdered, and she is a prime suspect. Smith plays the victim’s husband.

BRUCE WILLIS BOOED: Harsh! Bruce Willis got booed after throwing out what was perceived as a lame first pitch Wednesday night before the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Milwaukee Brewers. The Glass star is a known Phillies fan. His wife, Emma Heming Willis, weighed in, thanking a user named Kevin who claimed they were not booing, but yelling “Bruceeeee.””Thank you Kevin. Happy someone cleared that up,” Heming Willis posted.

DATELINE MOVES INTO PODCASTING: NBC’s longrunning newsmagazine Dateline is launching a podcast today. Dubbed 13 Alibis, it follows the story of Richard Rosario, who served 20 years in prison, despite evidence that showed 13 other people may have committed the crime. It’s told in the first person. NBC News will release 7 episodes, each running about 20 minutes. Are you a podcast listener?