J-Horror Returns With ‘The Grudge’ Reboot

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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.

 
  • aphroditeboy

    Yes, I would prefer a reboot or sequel/prequel for ‘The Ring’ series, but I guess we will have to wait on that until Hollywood becomes enamored of J-Horror again (I think their misled and ill-conceived versions ‘One Missed Call’ and ‘Shutter’ kind of killed that trend off).

    However, I honestly didn’t think the “American” (being that the first was directed by the original Japanese director) versions of the ‘Ju-On’ series were any worse than the Japanese versions – they were all kind of awful and simplistic. The first American film was really just more like the ‘definitive’ version of the Japanese series as it lifted scenes from those and condensed the storyline and somehow crammed a lot of Caucasian actors into a film set in Tokyo.

  • XrabbitX

    I actually really love that remake

  • ThunderDragoon

    I love all of the Ju-on/The Grudge films except for the last two, which weren’t true sequels anyway. I’ve always preferred this franchise over The Ring. It’s just more interesting to me, the atmosphere is more unsettling, and Kayako is much creepier than Sadako/Samara. Anyways, this makes me very happy to hear. I’ve been waiting on another movie for years, and I’m getting two, so I’m ecstatic.

  • Tomie Kawakami

    “J-Horror Returns With ‘The Grudge’ Reboot” even though this is the American franchise? What J-Horror?

    Anyways yeah I’m so stoked about this I love The Grudge <3

  • Sil Perez

    Why is this Shutter gif on the newspost?