The film that killed Freddy vs Jason vs Ash continues to curse horror fans.
I loved Ju-On: The Grudge and it’s Japanese sequel. The U.S. remake and both sequels were awful, but also awfully successful.
The first The Grudge remake performed so well, in fact, that it convinced Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to kibosh a deal with New Line Cinema that would have given the studio rights to Ash so they could develop out Freddy vs Jason vs Ash.
Ten years later, Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch the franchise, and they’ve set Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler to draft the reboot, says Deadline.
The 2004 pic starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, cost around $10 million, grossed $187 million worldwide and hatched a sequel. It was based on the Japanese horror thriller Ju-On by Shimizu. The new one will be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, with Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec producing. Gellar played a nurse in Tokyo who was afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable rage and was pretty much fatal.
I was a huge fan of the potential of The Ring franchise and hope that this helps get that back on track.