Sony Pictures has brought on Demián Bichir and Andrea Riseborough to star in their reboot of The Grudge. While there are no character details released thus far for this reboot, this report does reveal that Sony plans on going into production this May. The studio hasn't issued a release date quite yet, but the project seems to be moving forward quickly, so there may be more casting announcements coming soon. Here's what producer Sam Raimi, who produced Sony's 2004 American remake of The Grudge and its 2006 sequel The Grudge 2, had to say about this new project.
"We are so excited about this new adaptation. We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia."
Sony's 2004 The Grudge movie was based on the 2002 Japanese horror hit Ju-On: The Grudge, written and directed by Takashi Shimizu, who would also direct Sony's The Grudge and The Grudge 2, which both starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. The first movie centered on Gellar's character Karen, an American nurse who has been living and working in Tokyo, and becomes exposed to a deadly, supernatural curse. This cuse locks the victim into a deadly rage before it claims their life, only to move on and find a new victim.
We reported in July that Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes Of My Mother) is directing from his own script, which he rewrote from an original draft by Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train). Sam Raimi's statement also mentioned that this remake will go back to the "original source material," which could mean the Japanese films Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) and Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2004), or the two Takashi Shimizu films that preceded it, Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2, which were both released in 2000, with the latter of which introducing Izumi Toyama, whose story continued in Ju-On: The Grudge.
Sam Raimi is producing with his Ghost House Pictures partner Rob Tapert, alongside Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman. Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison are executive producing, with. Romel Adam will overseeing the movie for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa overseeing for Good Universe. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently acquired the distribution rights, with this project reuniting SPWA, Ghost House and Good Universe, who previously collaborated on the hit 2016 thriller Don't Breathe.
Demian Bichir is coming off last year's Alien: Covenant and Walden: Life in the Woods. He will next be seen on the big screen in The Conjuring spin-off The Nun, arriving in theaters September 8, and Chaos Walking with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, slated for release on March 1, 2019. Andrea Riseborough plays the title characters in two movies that debuted at Sundance in January Mandy and Nancy, along with Burden, and she also starred in the Paramount Network mini-series Waco. Variety first broke the news about The Grudge casting, and with filming starting in May, we should have more casting updates soon.