“THE RING” To Return; F. Javier Gutierrez Directing Third Film in Series
F. Javier Gutierrez, who helmed the underseen BEFORE THE FALL before coming to Hollywood to develop the upcoming CROW reboot, is set to relaunch another currently dormant series: THE RING.
The Wrap reports Gutierrez will helm the third film in the American RING series, which started with Gore Verbinski’s 2002 remake THE RING and continued with THE RING TWO, from original RINGU director Hideo Nakata, in 2005. The former was of course a massive hit and influenced a slate of American remakes of foreign genre films. The latter was poorly received, most notably when, in my senior year of high school, I fell asleep during it on a date.
There is no current indication as to where exactly a third RING might head, though the nature of Samara’s proto-viral videotape would probably do super well on UPROXX (“I Was Sent This Video and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next…”). In Japan, the RINGU series was resurrected in 2012 with SADAKO 3D, which continued the series from sequel RASEN (aka SPIRAL), rather than RINGU’s more successful follow-up, RING 2. That film saw a man attempting to revive Sadako’s curse with footage of a suicide and was likely more remarkable for its publicity campaign which brought the ghostly girl into the real world… to throw out a first pitch.