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Interview with F. Javier Gutierrez director of Rings
By James Whittington, Friday 3rd February 2017

Rings15 years after the first English language instalment, The Ring is ready to hit cinemas once again. The long-awaited sequel, titled Rings, sees a digital copy of the eerie tape circulate around a university campus, with Gabriel (Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki), Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz) trying to find the answers to the videos - and Samara's origin.

Stepping into the director's chair this time is F. Javier Gutierrez, mostly known as the Spanish filmmaker behind the apocalyptic Sci-Fi flick, Before the Fall. We caught up with the director just in time for the release of Rings, which opens across the UK this weekend.

HC: Tell us a bit about the story of Rings and where the film picks up after the events of the last two films.

FJG: Rings takes place 15 years after the first. I don't want to give too much way but the first one followed Rachel Keller [played by Naomi Watts] but in this one we're gonna see through the perspective of more than one character.

HC: What attracted you to helming the third instalment of the franchise?

FJG: I was working on another movie, The Crow and I got a phone call from [DreamWorks executives] Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald who were behind the first two. They knew that I was working on The Crow, but as I was at an in between stage, felt like maybe I had the time to work on this. I was a fan of the Japanese version and Gore Verbinski's The Ring. There's something about The Ring movies that I respond to.

HC: Could you give us an update on The Crow - is the project still moving ahead?

FJG: It's had several developments but not right now. I know they're moving forward with a faithful adaptation of the comic book. I think it's gonna happen but it's gonna take a little longer.

HC: What are your favourite horror films?

FJG: I love the classics like The Shining and I think Kubrick is the master. I like The Exorcist too. I think it's really strong for its time and can still make you uncomfortable. So, apart from the classics I love The Thing. I like the new trend with new horror movies like The Babadook, It Follows and The VVitch. This is a very exciting time for horror.

HC: The Ring is very of its time in the sense that it's about a killer videotape. How did the advancement of technology help or hinder the story of Rings?

FJG: Everything is totally different. So in this movie the producers wanted to keep some of the classic tone and not get too crazy with the technology. I think the challenge was to adapt to the times technology wise, and at the same time keep the core of what makes it a Ring movie - that mystery and that classic feeling of thriller.

HC: Who would you like to see Samara go up against?

FJG: Well I know that there's a Japanese version of The Grudge vs The Ring called Sadako vs. Kayako. I get a lot of tweets and social media requests about doing an American version of that. I haven't seen it yet but that would be a pretty fun movie to do.

HC: Would you be interested in making an English language remake of Before the Fall? If the answer is yes, who would you love to see direct the film other than yourself?

FJG: We were actually talking with Wes [Craven] about adapting it... but maybe David Cronenberg. He'd be a good choice because he plays with all different elements and he's very brutal and cold. I absolute love Cronenberg so I'd be the first one in the theatre.

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