Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for Rings, the third installment in the horror franchise based on the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu. This sequel brings the series into the modern age, following a new doomed woman (Matilda Lutz) who watches the famed video tame (this time via email) and embarks on a journey to discover the secrets behind the tape before her seven days are up.
Paramount has been developing a new Ring movie for some time now, and this third iteration has Before the Fall helmer F. Javier Guttierez in the director’s chair. Director Gore Verbinski’s first American adaptation of the Japanese horror pic was a smash hit in 2002, scaring the bejeesus out of audiences to the tune of $249.3 million worldwide. The 2005 follow-up, The Ring Two, brought Ringu director Hideo Nakata to the director’s chair but was a major creative step down from Verbinski’s smart and nimble first effort.
Given that all of Samara’s backstory has been told, it’ll be interesting to see what secrets there are to be unlocked beyond simply another person doomed to die. We’ll find out soon enough as Rings is slated for release on October 28th.
Watch the Rings trailer below. The film also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, and Bonnie Morgan.
Here’s the official synopsis for Rings:
A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…