‘The Grudge’ Re-Re-Reboot Will Carry New Mythology

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Reboots are like a virus infecting all of Hollywood. No, that’s not the plot of the new The Grudge

It was announced a few weeks back that Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch The Grudge franchise with Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler to draft the reboot. This will be the second time they do so, if you count the Japanese remake (Ju-On: The Grudge is a remake of the made-for-TV horror movie, Ju-On).

An interview with Buhler popped up where he talked about his starting point for the new Ju-On film, and how he plans to approach it.

We’re not approaching this as a remake of the Sarah Michelle Gellar film or a remake of the Ju-On film,” stated Buhler. “This is pushing the mythology forward while keeping the concepts and spirit of those movies, yet finding a new way to tell a story within that world, which is exciting.

The film will also be home to “new characters, new ghost, and a new mythology,” he adds. “I’m not really at a liberty to say anything more than that for obvious reasons, as we are still in the scripting process. I think letting fans of the original series know that we are not going back to (the character of) Kayako and trying to mine what’s already been mined is important (though). We are still very early in the process.

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 Takashi Shimizu. Gellar played a nurse in Tokyo who was afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable rage and was pretty much fatal.

 
Source: Fear.net
  • aphroditeboy

    As long as they don’t use this as an excuse to remake ‘Ju-On: White Ghost/Black Ghost’ like the American audiences won’t realize it.

  • Dr_Dread

    Midnight Meat Train was pretty enjoyable but I’m not sure I am up to another Grudge movie. Re-reboot just screams of time better spent on another property.

  • ThunderDragoon

    No Kayako? What?! That’s like having the reboots of Halloween without Michael and Friday the 13th without Jason. I am very against not having Kayako in the new movie. She’s the sole reason why I love The Grudge films so much. This is a disaster already. They should just make a new franchise instead of labeling it The Grudge. Makes no sense why they’re doing it this way.

  • Tomie Kawakami

    “Ju-On: The Grudge is a remake of the made-for-TV horror movie, Ju-On” No it wasn’t. It was quite literally a theatrical SEQUEL… If you’d seen any of them you’d know that it was a continuation and not a remake of any sort. And this is not a “re-re-reboot” since the American Grudge franchise was never rebooted… And neither was Ju-on while we’re at it.

    You guys are AWFUL at reporting anything about Ju-on &The Grudge films… Do some basic research before writing a goddamn article about something. Second hand mbarassment every time I read anothet lazy ass report by you guys.

    • joeshmo447

      Not to mention the American one had 2 sequels, the third movie went straight to dvd so I can’t blame them for missing it. I still thought it was a decent movie

  • Mortis-Dei

    I don’t think children with goth make-up are very scary.. at all! And what was up with the constant burping and those cat noises? I don’t think it was intended to be funny but I laughed my ass of the first time that little boy made the angry cat sound.

    This would be a re-reboot… but who cares!? Oh Tomie does…

    • Tomie Kawakami

      No it wouldn’t, it’s still just a reboot. The Grudge wasn’t a reboot of Ju-on… Look up what a reboot is… Neither series were ever rebooted before. But hey if MrDisgusting publishes yet another entirely false article written with no research at all we should all roll with lazy journalism bc Google search is a hard thing to do in 2k14 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      And literally nobody cares you don’t find The Grudge scary… That movie made more money than your life is worth… Sit down.

      • CTHL

        You’re technically right, but… there isn’t much to be won in arguing reboot vs remake, they are pretty much interchangeable vague terms to most people.

        As for this movie, it sounds more like a part 4 than it does a reboot/remake. Just because it doesn’t have Kayako/the Saeki’s in it doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit into the storyline… something I’ve grown tired of explaining to the 3/Black/White confused naysayers. The story is naturally going to get away from Kayako, and it was intended that way.

        And as a side note, Ju-on is actually currently being remade in Japan… to further confuse the masses.

        • CTHL

          But hey, at least BD got the right pictures for the right series this time (last mention of the Grudge had a Shutter pic >_<).

  • Christensen

    “Re-Re-Reboot”
    Pretty sure this is the first time The Grudge series has been rebooted. Wow…

  • Christensen

    “Re-Re-Reboot”
    Pretty sure this is the first time The Grudge series has been rebooted. Wow…

    • Avi Kohl

      Nope. Third time actually.

      • Christensen

        Nope. First time, guess again. The American “The Grudge” series (The Grudge 1, 2, 3) has never been rebooted. The Ju-on series is not “The Grudge”. And Ju-on has been rebooted only once so better luck next time! There’s a thing called Wikipedia btw :)

        • Avi Kohl

          It’s three (soon to be 4) separate series with the same basic story and narrative structure. Btw, ever tried correcting someone without being a condescending dick about it?

          • Christensen

            You’re honestly a pretentious moron please attempt to be slightly knowlegable of things you’re arguing over.
            Ju-on series:
            Ju-on: The Curse
            Ju-on: The Curse 2
            Ju-on: The Grudge (DIRECT sequel to The Curse 2, picking up from the schoolgirls that entered the house in the end, named differently because it’s the first theatrical film)
            Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (direct sequel to previous film)
            Ju-on: White Ghost (takes place several years after Ju-on: The Grudge 2)
            Ju-on: Black Ghost (same as the above)
            Ju-on: Beginning of the End (presumably a reboot, the first)

            The Grudge series:
            The Grudge (a remake of the third Ju-on film, not a reboot of anything, google what fiction reboot means)
            The Grudge 2
            The Grudge 3
            The Grudge reboot (the first reboot of this series)

            Ju-on and The Grudge are not the same franchise and The Grudge being a remake of the third Ju-on is the one thing connecting them. All subsequent installments are entirely unrelated. And both are about to be rebooted for the first time, which is two, and not a “re-re-reboot”, or “three (soon to be 4) separate series”, goodbye! :)