Earlier this month, a report surfaced that Paramount's Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before the 2002 thriller The Ring, exploring the origins of Samara Morgan's reign of terror and how the deadly VHS tape was first created. Over the weekend, Rings director F. Javier Gutiérrez took to his Twitter account to confirm that his project is actually a sequel, set 13 years after the events of The Ring. The filmmaker also confirmed earlier today on his Twitter page that principal photography is starting today in Atlanta.
It's possible that Rings still may examine both Samara and the VHS tape's origins, but no story details have been confirmed, aside from where the movie is set within The Ring franchise timeline. The director has been posting several images to his Instagram account over the past few days, which confirm Samara Morgan's presence in the thriller, although we don't quite know who is portraying her at this time. Hopefully the director will continue to post photos throughout the filming process, but we'll have to wait and see.
Alex Roe and Matilda Lutz are the only two confirmed actors on board for Rings at this time, but with production starting today, hopefully we'll learn more about the full cast soon. Alex Roe is portraying Holt, the boyfriend of Matilda Lutz's character, who becomes suddenly distant from his girlfriend after watching a mysterious video tape. The original 2002 thriller The Ring centered on an unmarked VHS tape that caused anyone who watches it to die just seven days later. We'll keep you posted as soon as we have more updates, but in the meantime, take a look at the tweets and Instagram photos from director F. Javier Gutiérrez below.