Paramount Pictures has decided to mix up the release dates for its upcoming horror slate. Shortly after moving the Friday the 13th reboot from it's original November 13 slot, they have now slid Rings, a reboot/sequel hybrid of The Ring franchise, into that old space. And they have shifted Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the fifth film in the series (sixth if you count the spinoff Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), away from its March 13 date, which it was never going to make. It will now open in time for Halloween.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will reportedly follow a video game designer who moves his family from New York to Palo Alto, where they are greeted by the infamous Demon of the franchise. It is believed the sequel will be the first movie in the series to be released in 3D. While it was originally set to open this spring, it moves back to the franchise's tradition fall slot with an October 23 release. There, it will go up against the fantasy thriller The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel. In an odd twist, it will also be going up against Jem and the Holograms, which shares a producer in Jason Blum. Warner Bros. is also set to open an untitled horror movie on this date, so as you can see, this will be one crowded weekend with movies aimed at roughly the same audience.
Rings, which stars Matilda Lutz, is said to continue on with the story set up in the original film, though it will have new characters and a new setting. On it's November 13 date, it will face off against the comedy Rock the Kasbah starring Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Murray, and Danny McBride, which is aimed at a decidedly different audience.