During the 2000s, there was a period where it seemed like every studio in existence sought to jump on the remaking J-horror bandwagon. This was mostly spurred on by the runaway success of 2002’s The Ring, which is admittedly a damn good film.
Still, most products of this phase in American horror turned out be less than exciting, with one of the only other big hits to come out of the J-horror remake boom being 2004’s The Grudge. Directed by franchise creator Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge raked in a huge $187 million worldwide on a budget of $10 million.
Financial success aside though, The Grudge drew mixed reviews from critics, and is today generally not nearly as highly regarded as The Ring. If it’s any consolation, 2006 sequel The Grudge 2 is at least arguably better than The Ring Two, not that that’s a high bar of quality to clear.
A Grudge 3 – directed by Splinter’s Toby Wilkins – went direct to DVD in 2009, although many fans likely don’t even know it exists. In the years since, the American Grudge franchise has gone dormant. That is, until now.
Deadline reports that Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures – producer of the other three films – is hard at work on a Grudge reboot, with Nicolas Pesce set to both rewrite and direct the project. Pesce received widespread acclaim for his unnerving indie horror feature The Eyes of My Mother last year.
Pesce will be rewriting a script from Jeff Buhler, writer of 2008’s quite effective Midnight Meat Train. It’s unclear at this stage how much of Buhler’s work will be kept, and how much will be newly added by Pesce. Stay tuned to iHorror for any further updates.