Yes, Akiva Goldsman is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, but have you seen Winter’s Tale? That’s the kind of movie that is so bad, it could wind up becoming a warped classic for that very reason. In fact, the group I saw it with still hasn’t stopped talking about it. “I like pecans,” “I have a chicken,” Colin Farrell’s haircut, Russell Crowe’s finger-painting – the list of absurdities could go on and on.
Even though A Beautiful Mind is quite the achievement and Goldsman has a number of other strong scripts to his name including Cinderella Man and a personal favorite guilty pleasure, Practical Magic, ever since Winter’s Tale, it’s been tough to get excited about anything he’s working on, and sadly, now that means having more doubts about the future of The Ring franchise as well. Goldsman is currently in talks to pen a draft of the next installment, The Ring 3D. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline is reporting that Paramount is in talks with Goldsman to write a new draft of the script. The plan to make another Ring film has been around for a while, but just about a month ago, news surfaced that F. Javier Gutierrez was signed to direct it. It makes sense that they’d want to bring another writer in to give the script a polish before they really get going, but a brand new draft? I wonder what happened to what David Loucka wrote so many years ago and if any of that material will still stand. But perhaps we’re better off without anything he’s penned. Eddie is a childhood favorite, but have you seen Loucka’s last two films? Dream House and House at the End of the Street are both pretty ridiculous.
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a new The Ring film, almost ten years in fact, so it’s not going to be easy getting this franchise going again. According to Deadline, in the film, “Samara returns with a familiar video tape to strike terror again,” so that might rule out the reboot or prequel approach, but what damage could that videotape possibly do nowadays? Aren’t VCR players obsolete? And do the younger moviegoers this movie will likely target even know what they are?
No matter what they run with, I’m nervous about this one. Everyone’s allowed a big screen blunder, but Winter’s Tale is a tough one to shake off and on top of that, we know what tends to happen when horror franchises continue when they shouldn’t.