Paramount Pictures recently announced a third film in the series about a haunted VHS tape to be released in November 2015. Now, Bloody Disgusting is reporting that upcoming film Rings will be a prequel, taking place before the 2002 remake starring Naomi Watts and telling Samara’s origin story.

F. Javier Gutierrez will direct, and Matilda Lutz will star. The script is a collaboration of Jacob Aaron Estes, Aviva Goldman, and David Loucka, three new writers to the franchise.

We’ve discussed the potential for too much backstory to ruin horror monsters before, and mentioned The Ring as an exception to that. If anything, this prequel just risks being redundant.

Only time will tell. Hopefully, Rings will remain an exception.

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