The Ring Sequel Rings Gets a New Halloween Release Date
The ever-changing release date saga of Paramount's Rings has added yet another chapter, with the studio pushing the horror sequel back once again, although this change may be for the best. Deadline reports that the studio has pushed Rings from April 1 to the horror-friendly date of October 28. The studio also moved up Richard Linklater's comedy Everybody Wants Some from April 15 up to April 1.
Rings was originally set up as a sequel to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two, but it kept getting delayed for several years. In 2010, David Loucka came on board to write the script, when the project was being envisioned as a 3D thriller. F. Javier Gutiérrez came aboard to direct in 2014, and casting started early last year, when Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz came aboard, and the project was re-titled Rings. The studio originally gave the project a March 13, 2015 release date in 2013, which was pushed to November 13, 2015 release date, then to April 1, 2016 and now it's set for October 28, 2016, where it will go up against Inferno and an untitled Lionsgate horror film.
Rings began production in March, with director F. Javier Gutiérrez confirming that the sequel takes place 13 years after the original thriller, The Ring. The story centers on Holt (Alex Roe), who suddenly starts to become distant to his girlfriend Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) after watching a bizarre videotape. The original film The Ring, which starred Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox, centered on a tape that causes each person who watches it to die seven days later.
The supporting cast of Rings is rounded out by Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins, Zach Roerig, Andrea Powell, Brandon Larracuente, Dave Blamy and Surely Alvelo. Shortly after filming started, a rumor surfaced that the character Aidan Keller, played by David Dorfman in The Ring and The Ring Two, will appear as an adult, but that report was never confirmed, and it isn't known if David Dorfman is coming back to reprise his role.
F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) is directing from a script by David Loucka (House at the End of the Street), Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek) and Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek Into Darkness). It will now be going up against Sony's Inferno and an untitled horror movie from Lionsgate. Everybody Wants Some, which is described as a "spiritual sequel" to Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, will now face Open Road Films' Collide, The Weinstein Company's Amityville: The Awakening and PureFlix's God's Not Dead 2. What do you think about these release date changes?