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.”
Both the Japanese original and the US remake have spawned a number of sequels, but just a few weeks ago news broke that Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Productions, along with Good Universe, would be rebooting the Ju-On story, with Midnight Meat Train’s Jeff Buhler writing the script. Producers are Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, with Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane executive producing.
In an interview with FearNet, Buhler revealed a little about what they have planned for the reboot, and how they intend to change things slightly so that to not cover old ground. Here is some of what Buhler said:
“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.”
Buhler also stated that the film will be home to “new characters, new ghost, and a new mythology. 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 original remake 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.