It’s a been about fifteen years since the J-Horror trend swept Hollywood, so it should come as no surprise that studios and filmmakers are eyeing a return for the ghoulish branch of horror. Genre trends have always been cyclical and while we were begging for a break by the end of the 00s, enough time has passed to whet the appetite for some new inescapable curses and pale, vengeful ghosts. Especially with the talent that’s coming together for Ghost House’s reboot of The Grudge.
Deadline reports that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert‘s production company has recruited The Eyes of My Mother director Nicholas Pesce to rewrite and direct new The Grudge film. The reboot looks to revitalize the horror franchise created by Takashi Shimizu with 2000’s Ju-On: The Curse. Shimizu went on to direct a number of Japanese sequels, including 2002’s Ju-On: The Grudge, and the subsequent American adaptations The Grudge and The Grudge 2. Pesce will work from a script by Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler, with Raimi, Tapert, and Taka Ichise producing
While one look at how the Rings reboot turned out is enough to make you want to turn away from the subgenre forever, the creatives on board The Grudge remake have me interested. Pesce made a hell of an impression with his haunting feature debut (Eyes), which I loved and is currently in post-production on the psychological thriller Piercing, starring Mia Wasichowska. I’m genuinely excited to see what he can do with the format and style of the J-Horror tradition and keeping all my fingers crossed that he brings Eyes of My Mother DP Zach Kuperstein along with him because that seems like a visual match made in heaven.