THE RING THREE Delayed Again
Rings – followup to 2002’s The Ring and 2005’s The Ring Two – has been delayed again, marking the second time the horror threequel has been pushed back. Formerly deemed The Ring 3D, Paramount Pictures originally had the re-titled Rings as part of its 2015 slate – complete with a planned November 13th release date. It never happened, and the supernatural thriller was delayed to April 1st of this year. That date won’t be made, leaving Rings to bow on a more appropriate October 28th, 2016 release date.
Had Rings held onto April 1st, it would have gone up against Blumhouse’s competing horror flick Amityville: The Awakening, the Bella Thorne-starrer that sees an oblivious family move into the infamous sight of the brutal DeFeo murders. Paramount most likely wanted to avoid their supernatural horror finding itself in direct competition with another, much less one that comes from the producers of such hit horror franchises as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge.
Little is known about Rings, which comes from Before the Fall director F. Javier Gutiérrez. Reportedly set 13 years after The Ring, the long-dead franchise will presumably see a return of central monster Samara, who haunts unwitting victims by way of VHS. As it’s set in the modern era, the videotape angle will most likely be done away with, with Samara likely finding new ways – probably something social media-related – to crawl out of technological devices to execute her violent murders. Johnny Galecki, Matilda Lutz, and Alex Roe will star.
Rings crawls into theaters October 28th.