THE RING director Gore Verbinski and star Naomi Watts talked to Fango about the potential to return for more RING movies in the same way that the Hideo Nakata original spawned an entire franchise in Japan.
'It would depend,' says a skeptical Verbinski. 'I think they would only make a sequel if the movie was successful. I would only want to direct it if it was a really good story. I've not seen the prequel or sequel.'
Naomi Watts, however, is a lot more enthusiastic. 'Yeah, I would (return),' Watts enthuses. 'I would always be nervous about doing a sequel, but just because I feel like I'm in safe hands ? the DreamWorks people are really smart. We did a lot of script changes while we were shooting and we shot a few different endings and we didn't know what we were going to use and the way they played it out, I think, was really smart and I love the way it ends. So, I feel inspired and encouraged by that and hopefully Gore will be able to do the sequels, too.'
As for what a potential American sequel would be, suggested by producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes as NOT following RING 2 or RING 0, Verbinski would leave the next plot in the hands of the screenwriter.
'Ehren Kruger's the expert on RINGU, so he knows all that stuff,' says Verbinski. 'I think what he'd do is grab from between the prequel and sequel and try to create something.'
For her part, Watts has no idea where she'd take the series. 'Oh, God, no,' Watts laughs. 'I haven't thought about it, but she's obviously going to go through a lot again. It will be a big one. I do like that character, so I'd be happy to go to more dark, strange places.'
Courtesy of Fangoria