‘The Grudge’ Reboot in the Works from ‘Midnight Meat Train’ Writer

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the grudge movie reboot The Grudge Reboot in the Works from Midnight Meat Train Writer

Sam Raimi’s remake/reboot of his cult breakout horror movie Evil Dead was a modest success last year, and the filmmaker is also backing the upcoming Poltergeist remake through his Ghost House Productions banner. Next item on Raimi’s makeover agenda? The Grudge, the 2004 horror flick that is actually a Hollywood-ized remake of the 2002 Japanese creepfest Ju-on: The Grudge.

Deadline says that most of the producers on the original Grudge installment – that includes GHP co-founder Robert G. Tapert and Roy Lee (who’s produced most of the J-horror remakes from the last decade) – will also be involved on the reboot, some under the Good Universe banner (the Oldboy American redo).  The script is being penned by Midnight Meat Train screenwriter Jeff Buhler, whom you may recall was also recruited to write a Jacob’s Ladder remake last year.

The Grudge, for those unfamiliar (or who’ve forgotten), stars ex-vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar as an American exchange student living in Tokyo (a nod to the story’s Asian origins), where she inadvertently becomes afflicted by a terrifying curse – a terrible supernatural force, which is spawned by a person who died in the grips of either a powerful rage or sorrow. That film was directed by Takashi Shimizu, who remade his original Ju-on film to healthy box office returns ($187 million worldwide on a $10 million budget).

the grudge sarah michelle gellar The Grudge Reboot in the Works from Midnight Meat Train Writer

Truth be told, a reboot of The Grudge probably won’t be regarded as sacrilegious as other developing horror remakes. The 2004 film wasn’t a critical darling to begin with; it attempted to match the artistic success of Gore Verbinski’s J-horror remake The Ring from two years earlier, yet was by and large considered a less sophisticated entry to what was then the newly-established “Americanized J-horror” sub-genre. (That’s to mention nothing of its universally-panned sequel and the direct-to-DVD third Grudge installment.)

It’s safe to say the “American J-horror” craze of the aughts has run it course, so maybe the creative minds behind the Grudge reboot will be more daring with how they re-contextualize and re-invent the original premise this second time around. Let us know if that sounds interesting to you – or if the Grudge franchise in general (pending a radical change) just isn’t your cup of tea.

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We’ll keep you updated on The Grudge reboot as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. A remake of remake?!!! Not interested!

  2. Thank goodness. Because all I could think about was “Man I really hope that Hollywood remakes The Grudge. And I really, REALLY hope that the dude who wrote the Midnight Meat Train!”

  3. i dont know if it was cause i was younger when i saw it but the grudge is the scariest movie ive seen (american version). i think it has something to do with the japanese woman in white make up. its creepy. still remember her lifting the covers to see her, i couldnt look under the covers for a month without thinking about it lmao

    • Nah no way was Ju On/The Grudge ever scary ever at any point in history.

      That’s like saying either the Playstation or Xbox was the best console. Just not true. They were both the best, both top of their entire tier for different reasons and both outshined Sega so badly it couldn’t be blamed on them for their fluke success.

      Likewise, Ju On and the Shutter game were just ridiculous not scary. Resident Evil was really scary as a movie and game, compared to Ju On or Shutter. But that wasn’t the point. The point was how bizarre and weird it was, and Ju On is the best at being weird.

  4. Reboot reboot reboot reboot

    Bah humbug

  5. As long as they keep Gellar in the main cast, I will see it. If they don’t keep Gellar I will forget about it. Ju On benefit hugely from it, could have been 5 movies.

    I hope it succeeds though because we all need very innovative, niche films like this around that do well commercially because money isn’t everything. Everyone enjoys a film like this once in a while. So I’m rooting big for its success.

  6. Chris Nolan is now developing INCEPTION 2 … it’s about Reboots within a reboot within a reboot.

    • Oh you mean….RECEPTION

      • BOOM!!!!!

    • people still dont even know what inception is… its planting a memory in their mind

  7. Oh yay! Another rebooo…zzzzzzz

  8. Why don’t you just make Reboot: The Movie? I’ve been waiting for like 20 years now.

    And then you can reboot it, if you want.

  9. When they make a new film they should instanly start working on the reboot so they can be ahead.

  10. *sighs*

  11. This has got to be some sort of early April Fools joke, right?

  12. I don’t know. Think they should leave the reboot alone in my opinion.

  13. WTH? The Grudge is one of my all-time favourite horror movies, (this one just creeped the hell out of me for some reason whereas 99% of other “scary” movies do not), but I just don’t see the point in re-making it.

  14. WHen I graduated from film school they had a motivation speaker talking about how you should never say no to any thing. Crap like this makes me question that motivation speaker.

  15. So they are rebooting a remake of a movie that (IMHO) wasn’t any good to begin with. How far down the ladder are we going to go?