Sequel to videotape horror in preliminary stages

DreamWorks Pictures is negotiating with helmer Gore Verbinski and scribe Ehren Kruger to return for a sequel to “The Ring.”

Based on Hideo Nakata’s 1998 Japanese-lingo film of the same name, pic, produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, has already grossed $123 million Stateside.

Verbinski most recently wrapped “The Pirates of the Caribbean” for Disney. Repped by Endeavor, he is also developing pic “Spaceless” at Fox, with former Fox Animation topper Chris Meledandri.

Kruger, repped by Paradigm, most recently co-penned the adaptation to “Impostor” based on the Phillip K. Dick story, and the third installment of the “Scream” trilogy.

No word yet on a storyline, with reps saying talks are preliminary, and that creative conversations are on-going. Original pic was exec produced by Roy Lee, Mike Macari, Michele Weisler and co-exec produced by Neal Edelstein and Benderspink’s JC Spink.

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