It has been nearly two weeks since Darren Lynn Bousman’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw made its theatrical release, and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Lionsgate has officially partnered with Starz for the streaming debut of the Chris Rock-led horror feature. The latest installment to the long-running horror franchise has been set to launch exclusively on Starz on October 8, just in time for this year’s Halloween season. This marks the film’s first U.S. pay window.
As part of Spiral’s exclusive streaming debut, it will be accompanied by the early arrival of the entire Saw franchise on Starz as part of Lionsgate’s new theatrical output agreement with Starz for its Lionsgate and Summit label films.
“Starz is excited to expand upon our recently announced theatrical output agreement with Lionsgate bringing more premium content to our subscribers ahead of schedule with Spiral and the blockbuster Saw franchise,” Starz president of domestic networks Alison Hoffman said in a statement.
The ninth installment of the Saw series is being led by Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Zoie Palmer. Following its theatrical release last May 14, the new Saw film currently sits at a gross of over 20 million worldwide, which helped the franchise reached a new box office milestone by surpassing the billion-dollar mark in worldwide gross.
A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his rookie partner 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.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed the second, third, and fourth installments of the franchise, from a screenplay written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, based on a story conceived by Rock.
Producers are longtime Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules – who are back once again to shepherd this re-imagining with Chris Rock, long-time Saw executive producer Daniel Heffner and the original Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell set as executive producers.