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The Grudge Reboot Recruits Nicolas Pesce To Write And Direct

08 Juillet 2017

Director Nicolas Pesce, whose directorial debut The Eyes of My Mother made a big splash at 2016's Sundance Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, has been tapped to helm a reboot of The Grudge for Ghost House Pictures. The Japanese Ju-On franchise is now at nine feature films. The Grudge reboot is based on a script from Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) and will be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. The film starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, and saw two sequels follow in 2006 and 2009.

Ghost House Pictures has greenlit a horror reboot of The Grudge. Pesce, who made his directorial debut on the critically acclaimed 2016 Sundance pic The Eyes of My Mother, will resuscitate the Takashi Shimazu-directed 2004 film that helped establish the viability of low-priced genre films. Roy Lee, Joe Drake, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.

The original cost around $10 million, grossed $187 million worldwide and hatched a sequel. Considering many horror film reboots and remakes like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Poltergeist have received negative to mixed reviews like Rings, it should be interesting to see if The Grudge reboot breaks this curse and turns out to be a good horror film and addition to The Grudge series.

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Pesce is now in post-production on his psychological thriller "Piercing", featuring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott.

That The Grudge is being rebooted is not a surprise, with the original J-horror adaptation phenomenon, The Ring, returning in 2017 as Rings - but with a modern day update by making the object of the curse a viral video instead of a video tape.

The Grudge Reboot Recruits Nicolas Pesce To Write And Direct