Paramount's 'The Ring' Threequel Lands Director

Francisco Javier Gutierrez Headshot - P 2014
<p>Francisco Javier Gutierrez Headshot - P 2014</p>   |   Courtesy of WME
Spanish helmer F. Javier Gutierrez will direct the third installment in the horror franchise.

Paramount is gearing up for a third installment in The Ring franchise, tapping F. Javier Gutierrez to direct.

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The horror franchise centering on a mysterious cursed videotape began in 2002 with The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. The film, a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film of the same name, earned $249.3 million worldwide. A sequel, The Ring Two, came out in 2005 and earned $161.5 million. There's been talk of a third film for several years, and Paramount has been eyeing a 3D threequel back in 2010.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the third film.

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Gutierrez first made a name for his himself with his feature directorial debut, the Spanish-language sci-fi thriller Before The Fall (Tres Dias). The film, which he also wrote, was popular with the genre movie crowd and was lauded in Spain. He's attached to direct the reboot of the comic book adaptation of The Crow for Relativity and The Weinstein Company.

He's repped by WME, Farah Films & Management  and Lichter, Grossman.

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