The Grudge Reboot Gets a Director


Although Paramount had trouble rebooting The Ring series earlier this year with Rings, which was a bit of a dud both critically and commercially, Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures is now taking a stab at rebooting their own imported J-Horror franchise as well. The U.S. remake of Ju-On: The Grudge starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and was released just a couple of years after The Ring. It spawned two sequels (one more than the U.S. version of The Ring) but even then they were never quite as successful as The Ring movies. The good news is that they’ve lined up a pretty interesting director for the next installment. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, director Nicolas Pesce has signed on to helm The Grudge reboot for Ghost House Pictures. It is unclear if the title will once again simply be The Grudge or something else (Grudges?), but the script was written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) who is also doing the upcoming Jacob’s Ladder remake. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise are all on board as producers.

Pesce is best known for the 2016 Sundance hit The Eyes of My Mother, a black-and-white horror film that drew comparisons to Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and the work of David Lynch. He is currently wrapping up work on his next film, Piercing, a psychological thriller starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott that is based on a novel by Japanese writer Ryu Murakami. Even if you’re not a fan of The Grudge series, you have to be curious what might come from Pesce’s first studio film. Are you game for a new version of The Grudge?

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  • Neil

    I like to consider myself in the loop, and do recall hearing about the Ring reboot, but had absolutely no idea it already came out. Was that only in theaters for like a week or something??

  • Sean

    Probably. It came out back in February.

  • LordAwesome

    Rings grossed $83m on a $25m budget. Hardly a dud.

  • Sean

    Only $27 million domestic though. And nowhere near what these movies used to make.