May 25, 2021
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ horror thriller Spiral: From The Book of Saw will launch exclusively in its U.S. Pay 1 window on the premium subscription platform Starz on Oct. 8. In time for Halloween, the launch will be followed by the early arrival of the entire “Saw” franchise on Starz as part of Lionsgate’s new theatrical output agreement with its subsidiary.
Spiral, the latest installment of the “Saw” franchise starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, has been the No. 1 film at the pandemic-addled U.S. box office two weeks in a row, a first in “Saw” franchise history. The franchise broke the $1 billion mark at the global box office last weekend and is one of the longest-running horror franchises in history.
Spiral centers on Rock, who plays Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks, working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran played by Jackson. Along with his rookie partner (Max Minghella), Banks takes charge of an investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.
“The convergence of our studio and platform businesses allows us to create holistic and bespoke release strategies for our films that maximize their potential in every distribution window,” Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution, said in a statement. “By collaborating with our partners at Twisted Pictures and controlling our own destiny, we’re able to bring Spiral to each of its audiences at the perfect time, synchronizing its first pay window debut with the arrival of the rest of the franchise at Halloween.”