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COMING SOON: Rings (2015) Samara Is Back

Amy Mead

Samara

We all remember the fun loving little girl who climbed up a well and crawled out of a TV to steal your soul in the 2002 Paramount Pictures blockbuster The Ring starring Naomi Watts, who will not return for this one).

Paramount has picked the story back up for another installment in the franchise and has decided to give us a prequel this time. Rings is being brought to you by F. Javier Guitierrez, who both wrote and directed 2008's crime/drama/science fiction film Before the Fall (Tres días).

The prequel story is said to take place before the dreaded VHS tape existed. This time around the story of the young Samara, and the torment and terror that she brought as a child, and why she was thrown down a well by her own mother will unfold.

Rings stars Aimee Teegarden (Scream 4, Friday Night Lights), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne), Alex Roe (The Calling), and Laura Wiggins (Dance of the Dead, Shameless). Other cast members include former soap opera star Zach Roering (The Vampire Diaries) and Brandon Larracuente (Bloodline).

Filmed in and around Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia, Rings is based on the novel by Kôji Suzuki and adapted for the screen by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), Akiva Goldsman (I, Robot, I Am Legend, Fringe), and David Loucka (House at the End of the Street).

With Doug Davison (The Departed, Quarantine, Quarantine 2) and Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Pacific Rim, The Strain) as well as Neal Edelstein (Mulholland Drive, The Ring, The Ring 2) among the executive producers attached, fans of The Ring and The Ring 2 are cautiously optimistic that this prequel will live up to the reputation of the first film. I, for one, was a big fan of the 2002 film, so fingers crossed!

Rings is set to hit theaters November 13, 2015.

Posted by Alan Smithee

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