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Paramount Wants ‘Rings’ to Be Their Next ‘Paranormal Activity’

THE RING 2002 via Paramount

There was a hugely impactful piece of news hiding at the bottom of the Las Vegas CinemaCon well.

After a few delays, Paramount Pictures has locked in a Halloween release (October 28, 2016) for Rings, the latest sequel to The Ring, the U.S. remake of Hideo Nakata’s J-horror Ringu.

This plan is by design, apparently, as the studio hopes this will be their next annual franchise.

Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount, introduced the Rings trailer to the CinemCon audience, while also teasing a new sequel every Halloween.

If you recall, Lionsgate’s SAW coined the phrase, “If it’s Halloween, it must be…SAW.” They owned the holiday weekend, at least until 2009 when Paramount’s Paranormal Activity slowly worked its way to a wide release. The following year Paranormal Activity 2 would take the reigns as the new Halloween champion.

Now, Paramount is hoping Rings will transition their third film into a rebirth of a franchise.

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MovieWeb details the trailer shown to the CinemaCon audience:

The trailer was set entirely on an airplane. A passenger is talking to a woman next to him when the plane hits a spot of turbulence. He tells the story of meeting a woman, part of a group called “The Sevens”. From this woman, our narrator received the video tape that ‘The Ring’ fans will well remember. The next day, he received a call that he would die seven days later. That call was six days, 23 hours and 55 minutes ago. Suddenly the turbulence worsens, the cockpit flight instruments flicker to static and some mysterious black liquid bubbles up out of the airplane lavatories. We cut to Samara’s well, both on the cockpit instruments and the airplane monitors throughout the cabin. Samara crawls out of the video and towards the narrating passenger and we are cut quickly to the title treatment.

Having Samara attack passengers on a plan is definitely not the direction I was expecting the franchise to go in, although it’s an interesting premise. It sounds as if the footage is pushing home the backstory (after watching the haunted footage, the viewer has 7 days to pass it along, like a virus, otherwise Samara comes for them) to younger horror fans who may not have seen the first two films, which ended with The Ring Two in 2005. Shit, it’s been a decade already?!

Anyways, Rings is a direct sequel to The Ring 2, although there were plans on having it be part prequel, which didn’t come into fruition when the filmmakers were allegedly unable to lock down original star Naomi Watts.

The original cursed video will once again play as a device to Samara’s curse.

Johnny Galecki, best known as Leonard in “The Big Bang Theory,” stars in Rings.

Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden rounds out the main cast.

I still think the 2002 The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski, is one of the scariest movies ever made. Have you seen it lately? Did you pass it on to a friend or loved one?



  • Francesco Falciani

    nice…but next october 13th 2017 will be all for the new friday the 13th! but i’m ok with Samara too…as long as it won’t be awfull like part 2!

  • D. Maki

    I remember seeing the ending from the first one. Seeing her crawl out of the TV I was like NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE!! All aboard the nope train!! LOL

  • pablitonizer

    I’ve been waiting for Samara’s return for quite some time, and I think re-introducing the franchise might be interesting as long as it sticks to the original story of “The Ring”.

  • Grimphantom

    They haven’t release the film and already thinking of sequels for each year……..

    • pablitonizer

      Same shit applies to superhero movies, not even into production and locking down future release dates for sequels

      • Grimphantom

        Like Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man and we saw how that turn out. At least Deadpool(in my opinion) was worth getting a sequel already.

        • pablitonizer

          Fantastic Four & Terminator GeneSHIT likes your last comment!

      • alwayswipetwice

        Well, there’s tens of thousands of sources for superhero movies, so planning ahead comes with the territory. I know The Ring has source too, but they don’t seem too concerned about following it (for the better, imo).

      • I can’t wait for the day that there’s no Marvel movie in the line up for “most anticipated movie of the year”.

        Maybe after Avengers Armageddon 5 – The Winter Reckoning they might run out of ideas and stop.

        • pablitonizer

          It eventually will, people will get tired of 5 superhero movies per year…same thing is happening with movies based on books (Divergent, Maze Runner, etc) they’re fortunately dying little by little… it’s all a matter of cycles.

          • Haha yeah the old “Let’s make an epic blockbuster movie for each book, then split the last one into 2 because money” scenario. I wouldn’t be surprised if people wrote books in trilogies deliberately incase they got a movie deal

  • Grandpa Fred

    I don’t know who I’d be more scared to have come out of a TV after me, Samara or this guy…

    • Creepshow

      YIKES! That dipshit is terrifying!

    • alwayswipetwice

      This could very well end up being scarier than this franchise, considering Paramount thought what they were making with PA was scary.

    • Seven daaaaaaays

  • Maxime C

    Dear Paramount,
    Been there, done that.
    Thank you.

    • Halloween_Vic

      Exactly!!! Someone gets it.

      • Maxime C

        I don’t get it. Really… They tried, it didn’t stick. Then they tried The Grudge, it went down. International audience is just not that attracted to ugly little bitches who fell and get revenge by walking all f*cked up!!

        • Halloween_Vic

          THANK U!!! Like wtf??? a little girl who fell down a water well who comes out your TV and kills u 7 days after watching a fucking tape? I just don’t see the fascination honestly is this what people consider scary? And to wanna extend the franchise that much all because 12 and 13 year olds who wanna go on dates and watch a scary movie will take their parents money and waste it on this shit. I don’t get it and I’m sure 5 years from now were gonna get a U.S remake of The Ring Vs The Grudge. Like waste that budget on something new and fresh and create a new franchise.

  • wehoaks

    Clearly all from the opening scene.

    • gabriel

      Nope. Wrong again.

      • wehoaks

        You’re a poor wiper.

        • Kori Batchelor


  • jackstark211

    Horrible idea.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    I honestly don’t mind there being a franchise with annual entries releasing every year. Some of the F13 sequels are some fan favorites. Problem is I don’t see a franchise like The Ring staying as fresh. The trailer sounds cliche and stale but at least didn’t give the entire movie away I guess.

  • Definitely one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen

  • AphroditeBoy

    “The Ring” is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time and it’s ge one that got me interested in horror to begin with, so I’d support yearly installments in the franchise if they can come up with some quality material. Our lives are so saturated with media and technology nowadays that they could easily expand Samara’s influence beyond the antiquated VHS format. I mean, we’re all staring at screens right now as we read this, aren’t we? We carry laptops and cellphones and portable gaming devices everywhere. WiFi and Cellular Data make access to the Internet almost unrestrained. Sarama could become the icon of horror for our digital age if they play it right. If they can make is fear the technology we use everyday, then I’d call that a success.

  • alwayswipetwice

    Scared the sheet out of me in theaters and stayed with me every time I walked past my tv. Anyone owned the VHS? It was genius because when you first put the tape in, it plays “the tape”. SCARED THE SHEET OUT OF ME. One of my favorite horror memories of all time. Ringu is great because it’s more of a straightforward ghost story as opposed to Verbinski’s version which had more detective like elements. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ringu, but I think The Ring is closer to the book (which I’m not a fan of. Had some really unnecessary, fucked up stuff in it that I wasn’t into).

    I don’t want this to be a yearly thing because most likely the quality will suffer, and also I don’t mind waiting a year between films because it only builds anticipation. Once they blow through a franchise, it’s just a “fad” type phenomenon because it ends within a decade’s time (like Saw). Then they just have to reboot it. Greedy fucking studios.

    • If they managed to balls up the quality in Japan (Sadako 3D) where the original was made then I’m pretty sure the US version has no hope.

      I like the sound of the trailer, and I’d definitely see it, but anyone admitting that they want to make an annual horror franchise is basically admitting to being a cash whore with no interest in building on quality.

  • alwayswipetwice

    Gore Verbinski is a fucking brilliant and highly underrated filmmaker, btw.

  • Mightygil

    I love the Ring (American) and I like Ringu (Japan) but all 3 Japanese sequels and prequels as well as the Korean version and Americans sequel failed to add anything worthwhile to the franchise so I am not holding much hope for this news

    • Saturn

      All 3 Japanese sequels? There are 4 (5 if you include the upcoming Ring V Jo-On movie).

      Ring 2 / Rasen (the original Ring 2) / Sadako 3D 1+2 (which are sequels to Rasen – so the sequels branched off in 2 directions).

      I actually enjoy the entire Ring franchise, but feel that Rasen and Sadako are the weaker entries. I love Ring/Ring 2/Ring 0 : Birthday, and will watch the 3 movies back to back whenever I’m in the mood.

      When it comes to the Vs movie, it would be interesting to find out if it’s a sequel to the Nakata movies, or the Rasen branch off.

      I do feel that Nakata’s Ring is better than the US version – but I reckon that could be because I saw it first. It really does seem that if you see the J version first you prefer it, but if you see the US version then it’s that version you prefer.
      Both damn good movies though.

      The Korean remake was horrible though – my least favourite of the series.

      • Mightygil

        I was aware of Sadako, but not its sequel. Personally by that point I had enough of the series. I had Ringu on DVD and traded it in to buy the anthology for $70 only to find, as I said, that I did not like the other films. And I have seen dozens of Asian horror films, I just feel the others in this series to be a lot closer to the bottom of the barrel

        • Saturn

          Sadako 2 was a marked improvement on Sadako, imho, although it still pales in comparison to Nakata’s original movie.
          There are a couple of tv shows also, one of which (maybe both? I’m not certain) predates the movie, but I haven’t got around to watching them as of yet – but. I have one of them “in the pile”.

    • I enjoyed Ring 2 and Ring 0 (especially Ring 0), but struggled with anything outside of those movies. Rasen was good but I avoided it for a long time because it was so different to the original, same with the book.

      Ringu is a weird franchise, it’s one of the only ones I can think of where most people prefer the movies to the books

  • Halloween_Vic

    Oh man really?? Now their gonna be shitting out RING films??? Come on Paramount be better then that, come up with some original shit or create a new horror franchise in general. The ring films were not scary to me, I was actually bored with them and if this is the shit they wanna cough up every year as a Halloween exclusive then I’ve lost hope.

    • LoveAnimation

      Hollywood is not interested in creating new stuff that much anymore because they want to earn as much money as possible and old stuff that is already popular earns way more Money than most new stuff.
      And in my opinion both the Japanese and the American Ring Movies are scary and great movies.

      • Halloween_Vic

        That’s the sad part that it’s all about money and not actually delivering quality films. But yea to each their own I respect your opinion but the ring films did not scare me one bit and I was between 13-15 years old when the first 2 came out and saw them on the big screen and nothing. I remember wanting to leave early from how bored I was.

  • TH3J4CK4L

    Oh come on. These films do not work as sequels. To loosely quote Kiyoshi Kurosawa on the differences between american horror & japanese “in american cinema the protagonists do battle with forces that they can fight & triumph over whereas in japanese horror the protagonists do battle with forces they cannot comprehend or hope to defeat” . A lot of these films were stronger as one offs. Ju-on has been milked to death,tomie,one missed call,ringu,pulse etc etc. I dont doubt that if the budget on these sticks to a minimum than theyll take in a profit,but it seems to me that the companies are trying desperately to fill the void left by this generations “universal” monsters.

  • This actually makes me angry.

    When will these studios learn? As if the Ringu/Ring franchise hasn’t been tainted enough already, they’re thinking of repeating what PA and Saw did?! Have they actually seen Saw 3D, or PA Ghost Dimension? It’s pretty much universal knowledge now that Halloween horror franchises get more shite as they go along, but thanks to the utter bellends that rush to the cinema to see them every year, it never seems to end.

    I don’t mind if they want to start something new, but bringing back a film series that started off so iconic and brilliant, it’s just an insult.

    • gabriel

      and no Naomi Watts either?

    • RiesenRatte

      It’s also known to the studios that people pay good money to see these annual Halloween movies.

      • Oh yeah obviously, I mean I have in the past. It’s a perfect money making opportunity, it’s just a shame that all credibility and quality of the Halloween franchises gets bled dry until there’s nothing left to exploit out of it.

        I mean Paranormal Activity says it all. I loved the original version of the first film, but watching Ghost Dimension recently I couldn’t believe it was the same series. Just awful.

  • c-s-a78

    how about a remake to the 80s classic THE BURNING. And if there smart, turn it into a franchise like Friday the 13th!!!

    • Halloween_Vic

      I would be down for that, Slasher films are lacking now a days and we barely get them anymore.

  • Michael Greenwaldt

    The American remake of The Ring is easily one of my favorite horror films. Such an awesome, creepy, masterfully directed film. Amazing cinematography and a great score. Watts was excellent. I was so excited for the sequel and it was a huge disappointment. Ugh. I hate to think about it. The description of the trailer for Rings sounds terrible. Not liking the sound of the plot. But I hope it’s good. I am interested in the franchise returning and hope it ends up good but I won’t hold my breath. Please prove me wrong and at least be solid.

  • DarkBree

    And they never learn.

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