When The Ring - adapted from the Japanese horror film Ringu - was released in 2002, it received favorable reviews and was lauded as one of the scariest horror movies of all time. The success of The Ring also ushered in an era of Hollywood remaking other Japanese horror films such as Pulse, Shutter, One Missed Call, and The Uninvited - though none received the same acclaim as The Ring. In 2005, Paramount attempted to recapture the (dark) magic of The Ring and released a sequel: The Ring Two. However, the followup failed to impress horror fans and casual moviegoers alike.
In 2010, Paramount was looking to make a 3D Ring threequel, and now the studio is officially moving forward on The Ring 3 with a director to helm the film.
THR reported F. Javier Gutierrez will direct the third film in The Ring series. The spanish director is most known for hopping on board the reboot of the classic cult film, The Crow, for Paramount in 2012 when Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) walked away from the project. Gutierrez is also known for his two short films, Brasil and Norman’s Room, as well as his feature-length debut, Before the Fall.
In 2010, when information first surfaced about the third film in The Ring series, plot details were said to follow a group of teens terrorized by the ghost of Samara Morgan, rather than continue the stories of established characters. Now, it’s unclear whether Gutierrez will follow that storyline or re-envision the basic structure of The Ring films.
The original films were based on the idea that Samara Morgan’s ghost haunted an old VHS tape, but that medium is nearly extinct in the age of DVD as well as Netflix and video-on-demand services. In that sense, The Ring may take a bit more re-imagining in order to update the premise for modern technology. That’s not to say it can’t be done; surely there are plenty of movie fans who would be terrified at the idea of being haunted and potentially killed through their Netflix subscription.
Paramount seems to be reviving The Ring series because horror films are one of the surest box office bets in terms of revenue. However, as was evidenced by The Ring Two’s box office and critical reception, horror fans are looking for fresh ideas. Whether that means Gutierrez will merely update The Ring to the current technology - or come up with a more innovative way of extending the franchise - remains to be seen.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on The Ring 3.