Originally set to be released in US cinemas on 13th November, Paramount have pushed back the release date of their Ring sequel, Rings, to next year.
Variety confirm it will now launch in 2016, most likely in the first quarter of the year, although a specific release date has yet to be set.
The move comes after Paramount moved the start of “The Big Short,” Adam McKay’s adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller, into this calendar year and opted to bow Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” in an Oscar qualifying run at the end of December.
Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall).
Rings takes place 13 years AFTER The Ring. Previously titled “The Ring 3D,” its the first installment in the series about a cursed video tape to hit screens in nearly a decade.
Matilda Lutz will be playing the female lead, and she will be taking over from Naomi Watts who starred in the first two US remakes.
Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) will play Holt, the boyfriend of Matilda Lutz’ character, who after viewing the dreaded tape, becomes distant (ooh, spooky!)
The Japanese original Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by Koji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spin-off films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s. Gutiérrez earned genre cred on the international scene with his shorts Brazil and La habitacion de Norman, followed by his 2008 debut feature Before the Fall (Tres días). He’s repped by WME, manager Dan Farah, and attorney Stephen Clark.