Directed by Takashi Shimizu, the terrifying Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) came at the height of the J-Horror genre, following the stunning Ringu directed by Hideo Nakata. Widely regarded as one of the most frightening Japanese horrors ever made, the film was remade by Shimizu in 2004 as a US remake which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. I didn’t care much for the remake, but the films success lead to more US versions being made.
The low-budget horror film was the first in a series that focused on “the curse of a deceased family’s violent rage that destroys the lives of everyone who comes in contact with it.”
Now Deadline is reporting that Sam Raimi and his Ghosthouse Productions are planning to reboot The Grudge remake for a potential new franchise.
Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch the franchise, and they’ve set Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler to draft the reboot. Producers are Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, with Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane executive producing.
The original 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.
Sony released The Grudge 2 in 2006 and The Grudge 3 in 2009. The original grossed $187 million worldwide while the next two films took in $78 million and $38 million.