THE RING 3 Moving Forward with Director F. Javier Gutierrez

     July 18, 2014


Like their principal villains, horror movie franchises rarely die.  If there’s not a new sequel to be made, there’s a remake in the works.  If the remake didn’t take off, go with a reboot that’s loosely connected to the original franchise.  As such, though it’s been nine years since the last installment, it appears that The Ring 3 is finally moving forward.  Director Gore Verbinski’s 2002 American remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring was a massive crossover hit, grossing $249.3 million at the box office.  A few years later, Ringu director Hideo Nakata was brought in to helm the 2005 sequel The Ring Two.  Though the overall response was significantly less enthusiastic, the pic drew in a respectable $161.5 million worldwide.

A third The Ring film has been discussed for some time, but the project never gained any real momentum.  Now, however, Paramount has decided it’s time to move forward in earnest, bringing in F. Javier Guiterrez to take the helm.  More after the jump.

the-ring-naomi-wattsPer Heat Vision, producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have signed F. Javier Gutierrez to direct The Ring 3.  Gutierrez made his feature directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Tres Dias (aka Before the Fall), and he’s attached to direct Relativity’s The Crow remake.

It’s unclear what the story of The Ring 3 would involve, but one presumes the videotape aspect of the original film will be updated to reflect modern technology.  Hopefully this doesn’t mean Paramount is going the “found footage” or “viral YouTube video” route.  Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe Ehren Kruger contributed to the script for The Ring and penned The Ring Two on his own, but it’s unclear if he’ll be asked to return for this third entry in the franchise.

It’s been a while since The Ring was “a thing” in our pop culture, so I’ll be interested to see how the current audiences respond to this sequel.  Will Paramount go with a more reboot-heavy sequel in order to avoid excluding those unfamiliar with The Ring, or will The Ring 3 still heavily carry the mythology of Samara?  Time will tell, I suppose.


  • Devin Reed

    Verbinski’s remake was PG-13….

  • DNAsplitter

    I remember seeing the original in theaters and getting the crap scared out of me. Was caught off guard at how well it was made and how great of a remake of the Japanese original it was. The less said about the inferior sequel the better. Really not sure if people are going to care for a 3rd film 14-15 years later. Hopefully they find something original to say and keep it as scary as the 1st film was.

  • blake011

    Verbinski’s version is one of the few horror films Ive seen in theaters that truly unnerved me.

  • Damn

    I really wish i hadn’t seen the 2nd one at all, let alone in the theaters. It completely ruined the 1st one for me. Like Darth Vader after the prequels, Samara just didn’t scare me anymore.

    • Faptain America

      Agree. For months after the first one, I kept thinking Samara was standing behind me while I was in bed.

      • Damn

        I couldn’t sleep with a computer or tv screen in my room. I kept turning my humongous monitor from my 90s desktop towards the wall every night. It wasn’t a fun experience.

    • CJ

      The ‘Unrated’ version of THE RING TWO is quite a bit better than the theatrical version.

      It’s basically Nakata’s director’s cut. And while the movie is still fatally flawed at a basic script level this version FEELS much more like a Hideo Nakata movie, with better pacing and creepier sound design.

  • DEADP00L

    Horrors should NEVER have sequels.

    • Daniel Rodriguez

      So Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, Hellraiser, Holloween etc.. should’ve stayed at one?

      • DEADP00L


      • lord jim

        absolutely.the sequels were neither as scary nor as great as the originals.

  • The Walking Cuban

    What’s it gonna be about? VHS is ancient now. Maybe blackberrys?

    • wat

      Even those are ancient now lol

      • The Walking Cuban

        The NOKIA. A Spike Lee Joint

      • wat


  • Daniel Rodriguez

    I loved the first movie when I first watched it and also was able to see it in a creepy place. My friend had moved into an old Antique house that his grandparents owned. There were rooms with old wooden chairs nailed to the upper walls and rooms filled with old antiques just lying around. His room was very large with wooden floors. All he had in there was a bed an old style large screen TV and a couch. The atmosphere to that house aided in the creepiness of the film.

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