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Wan returns to indie horror; first pics from Saw reboot surface

His new film is not an "Elm Street" reboot, as rumored.

Despite scuttlebutt New Line may have tapped James Wan to helm the oft-rumored “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot, the prince of spooks has confirmed it’s…well, anything but. This next project of Wan’s is not only Freddy-free, it is not based on an existing IP.

In a move back towards the modestly-budgeted practical horror films he cut his teeth on, the “Saw” co-creator revealed on Facebook this weekend that the film won’t feature anywhere near the effects budget of his more recent fare (like “Aquaman”) and it’ll be a completely original piece.

There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets. That’s all I’ll say for now.

Wan’s last horror film was “The Conjuring 2”, three years back.

The untitled pic, which Wan co-wrote with fiancee Ingrid Bisu, will lens this fall in Los Angeles.

Meantime, filming continues on the untitled “Saw” reboot – which Wan retains his customary producer credit on.  Starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, the revamp of the horror franchise sees the always-solid Darren Lynn Bousman return to the directors chair and talented “Piranha 3D” scribe Josh Stolberg co-scripting with Pete Goldfinger.

Bousman posted the first look at Chris Rock’s character – a detective, with Jackson playing his father – on Instagram this weekend.  Also on socials, scribe Stolberg revealed he has a cameo in the film – playing a cop.

Stolberg has also posted a pic of him alongside another of the films stars, Max Minghella (“Teen Spirit”).

 

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The “Saw” reboot hits theaters May 15, 2020.

 

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