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The Grudge Reboot Has Found Its Director

The Grudge

In recent years, there have been quite a few low budget horror films that have cleaned up big time at the box office. The Blaire Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring, and the more recent Get Out are just a few of the examples. The trend arguably started in 2004 with The Grudge, which helped prove how viable a low-cost genre film could be. The Grudge did pretty well for itself and as the rule goes, if it was successful once then it must be successful again. The Grudge is getting a reboot with Nicholas Pesce set to direct.

According to Deadline, Nicholas Pesce is all set to direct The Grudge reboot. The director made a name for himself with his 2016 arthouse film, The Eyes of My Mother, which was a critically acclaimed hit at Sundance. The black-and-white horror film told the story of a young pycho girl who becomes obsessed with killing people and uses surgical skills her mother taught her to scoop out her victim's eyes and vocal cords. So, The Grudge is somewhere within Pesce' wheelhouse and he can likely deliver on the creepier ghostly scares. Jeff Buhler wrote the script for the movie while Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) will produce.

The Grudge is a 2004 horror film that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. In the film, a family of Japanese ghosts -- who murdered each either while consumed with rage -- curse anyone who comes to live in their old home in Tokyo. Among these people is Gellar's American nurse, who ends up encountering the ghosts and suffering their curse. The story is told in a non-linear narrative with several interconnected subplots. The film was made on a budget of around $10 million and grossed $187 million worldwide, spawning two sequels. The Grudge was a part of a then-current trend of remaking J-horror films, such as The Ring and Dark Water.

The horror film is actually itself a remake. The original was a Japanese film called Ju-on: The Grudge and has a similar story to the American version. The film was written and directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also directed the American remake.

To get a better idea of what the movie was like, check out the trailer for The Grudge, which is a little light on scares and spooky ghost boys.

There's no release date for The Grudge but keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.