Deadline reports Sony’s The Grudge readaptation finally has an official release date set for August 16, 2019. Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) is set to direct the film with a script by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train, Nightflyers). Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Waco), John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar), and Lin Shaye (Insidious) have been tapped for roles in the film.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Ghost House, and Good Universe last collaborated on 2016’s suspense thriller Don’t Breathe directed by Fede Álvarez. Don’t Breathe was a critical and box office hit, and also an August horror film release. Will Sony be able to do it again with The Grudge, or will horror fans have had their fill?
Don’t Breathe was an original movie with an interesting hook. You can’t help but wonder if part of the film’s success was because horror fans were yearning for something new. The Grudge has already had nearly a dozen films since the franchise began. The movies even devolved into a gimmicky crossover with The Ring in 2016’s Sadako vs. Kayako.
The exciting thing about this reboot is the talent involved. Nicolas Pesce made a statement with his disturbing debut The Eyes of My Mother. The Grudge’s dark and nightmarish premise may be the perfect franchise for his sophomore horror effort. They’re also breaking out the big guns by bringing horror queen Lin Shaye on board to round out the cast. This could be the fresh start the franchise desperately needs, and Pesce’s version may be an entirely different animal from the previous films.
The Grudge is scheduled to begin shooting in May of this year.
Are you excited to see The Grudge getting reinvented, or do you think they’ve held this grudge long enough? Let us know what you think in the comments!