Combining two of Hollywood’s consuming passions — sequels and 3D — Paramount is moving ahead with a new installment of the horror thriller franchise “The Ring.”
The third entry based on the Japanese horror movies is being called “Ring 3D.” David Loucka, who wrote the now-shooting thriller “Dream House” for Morgan Creek, has been tapped to pen the script.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are in negotiations to return as producers, and Vertigo and Benderspink are executive producing.
The original movie, an English-language remake of a 1998 Japanese film, was a critical and commercial hit when it was released in 2002, and it helped usher in a period in which Hollywood turned to Asia for horror inspiration. The movies made during that wave tended to be less gory and thus carried PG-13 ratings, and they tried to attract a more female-centric audience.
The first film also opened doors for its director, Gore Verbinski, who went on to direct Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, and gave a bigger American platform to its Australian star, Naomi Watts. A sequel was made in 2005.
“Ring” is one of the titles left behind during the Paramount-DreamWorks split and was thought to have been inactive.
The plot of the original film centered on a young journalist investigating a mysterious videotape that seemed to cause the death of anyone within a week of viewing it.
The new film is being fashioned as more teen-centric than the first, and though the logline is being kept under wraps, the aim is to reinvent the franchise. One potential scenario involves teens finding a VHS player that still works.
No director is on board.
Loucka is on a bit of a hot streak, with “Ring” the third high-profile project in which he’s involved. In addition to “Dream House,” which stars Watts and Daniel Craig, the Original Artists-repped scribe penned the most recent draft of “House at the End of the Street,” a horror thriller from FilmNation scheduled to go before cameras this summer.