Director Nicolas Pesce will be rewriting and directing a reboot of The Grudge. A staple of the horror genre, The Grudge, its sequels The Grudge 2 and 3, and the three short segments Tales from the Grudge, focuses on the idea of a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow which takes the form of an entity who kills those who encounter it passing the curse along from victim to victim.
The first film in the American supernatural/horror film franchise -- which was a remake of the Japanese film, Ju-on: The Grudge -- starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Karen Davis, an American social worker who moves to Tokyo, Japan with her boyfriend Doug (Jason Behr) who is hired to take care of a woman named Emma Williams (Grace Zabriskie), who is suffering from dementia. When the Williams family realizes there is something wrong with their home, Karen begins to investigate the Saeki house's dark past and unveils the story of Kayako Saeki (Takako Fuji), an undead woman who is bound to a curse.
Now, according to The Tracking Board, The Grudge will be getting the reboot treatment by director Nicolas Pesce, who recently directed the graphic black and white low-budget horror movie The Eyes of My Mother, which received favorable reviews from critics after premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Pesce will be rewriting and directing the reboot for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, the American production company responsible for the original The Grudge trilogy as well as other horror movies like Boogeyman, 30 Days of Night, Drag Me to Hell, Evil Dead, the Poltergeist remake and most recently, Don't Breathe. The film will also be produced with Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, while Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers.
In the era of reboots and remakes, especially in the horror genre, it's no surprise that The Grudge is getting remade following the recent release of Rings, which was a reboot of The Ring series (also based on a Japanese horror film). Considering many horror film reboots and remakes like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Poltergeist have received negative to mixed reviews like Rings, it should be interesting to see if The Grudge reboot breaks this curse and turns out to be a good horror film and addition to The Grudge series.
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Source: The Tracking Board