“Rings” Helmer Talks Naomi Watts’ Absence

“Rings,” the third film in “The Ring” series, finally hits screens this week after various setbacks. The F. Javier Gutierrez helmed film was, at one time, rumored to be a prequel to the original 2002 film (itself a remake of the acclaimed Japanese thriller “Ringu”).

When production began though it was made clear that this was a sequel, but none of the original cast members including Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase or Martin Henderson would return.

In a new interview this week with CinemaBlend to promote the film, Gutierrez revealed that he had actually considering bringing back Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, but it didn’t happen and NOT for the reason you might expect:

“Well, at some point we were toying with the idea of Naomi Watts. It was a couple of moments that we were talking about that for a while. The problem is [that the studio] was concerned. There was concern about tying it too much to the previous one. So, it was not necessary. I mean, it would have been cool for the fans, probably. For the new audiences, they wouldn’t care too much. It was kind of forced. We didn’t want to force it too. Like, ‘OK, they are putting Naomi Watts here too, because of The Ring.'”

Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brochere, Laura Wiggins, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Zach Roerig, Alex Roe, and Vincent D’Onofrio star in the film which includes Bonnie Morgan as Samara. Produced for a relatively economical $25 million, the film has already made $800,000 in its Thursday night previews and is on track for a $10-12 million haul domestically in its opening weekend.