A-list commercials director Noam Murro has signed on to direct the sequel to The Ring
, Dreamworks' 2002 thriller about a mysterious videotape that kills everyone who views it. "They offered it to me and I think it's an interesting genre," says Murro, who officially joined the project on Tuesday. The first Ring
was directed by former commercials director Gore Verbinski, who scored a hit this summer with Pirates of the Caribbean
. Unlike the first movie, which was adapted from a Japanese original, the sequel will come from an original script. "I'd like to do a movie that draws on the genre's origins in The Shining
, Rosemary's Baby
and The Omen
," Murro says. "To make a movie that has some intellectual reference, that is the idea."
Speaking of rings, other commercials directors are sure to be cheered by the news that the prolific Murro will be out of it for a while. It's too soon to say how long Murro will be unavailable for commercials work, says Shawn Lacy Tessaro, executive producer at Murro's production company Biscuit Filmworks, although The Ring 2 is slated to start shooting in March for a November release. "Lots of directors will be happy to have the extra work for a while," Tessaro says. "Hopefully some of it will go to other Biscuit directors." Adds Murro: "I'm coming back in six months, so it's not that bad."