The MPAA announced today that its Classification and Rating Appeals Board has chosen to uphold the "R" rating bestowed upon Dream House, a mystery-thriller starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts that is due in theaters on September 30, 2011. The film, which was written by David Loucka and directed by Jim Sheridan (Get Rich or Die Tryin'), centers on a family that moves into a seemingly perfect New England home, only to discover that it was the site of a gruesome crime committed against its previous occupants. According to The Wrap, it was a few scenes with "some violence" that gave the board members pause. It's unclear exactly what the definition of "some violence" is, but it apparently does not include people being vaporized wholesale.
Source: The Wrap
Paramount is moving ahead with a new installment of horror thriller franchise The Ring -- this time in 3D.
The Heat Vision blog reports that the third entry based on the Japanese horror films, Ring 3D, has David Loucka in to write the script. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are in negotiations to return as producers.
Vertigo and Benderspink are executive producing. The original English-language film was a remake of the 1998 Japanese film. It starred Naomi Watts and was directed by a pre-Pirates of the Caribbean Gore Verbinski.
Ring is one of the titles left behind during the Paramount-DreamWorks split and was thought to have been inactive, says HV.
The new film is being given a teen-centric lilt and, though the logline is being kept under wraps, HV says the aim is to reinvent the franchise.