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Now she’ll really be able to crawl out of your TV! In the We’re Surprised It Took Them This Long Department, Paramount has reactivated the hit RING franchise and, since it’s up to the third installment, the next entry will be THE RING 3-D.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, David Loucka has been hired to script the latest entry in the saga that began with Hideo Nakata’s Japanese film RINGU back in 1998. That movie introduced the idea of a spooky videotape that causes your death seven days after you watch it, and spawned several Asian sequels and unofficial follow-ups, the hit 2002 THE RING and the Nakata-helmed 2005 THE RING TWO. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the latter two features, are in negotiations to return for the new feature.
David Loucka, whose credits include DREAM HOUSE (a psychological thriller currently being directed by Jim Sheridan for Morgan Creek), the latest draft of the long-mooted Jonathan Mostow-produced chiller HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET and SNAKES ON A PLANE, is scripting THE RING 3-D—which, inevitably, is described as more teen-oriented than its predecessors, which starred Naomi Watts. The storyline hasn’t been revealed, though the Reporter amusingly notes that one potential plot “involves teens finding a VHS player that still works” (!). A director has yet to be chosen.
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