The Grudge: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Michelle Gellar, most recently seen on the big screen in Scooby Doo, will take on a more frightening role in her next starring gig as she is set to topline the horror remake The Grudge.

The project, being produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and distributed domestically by Columbia Pictures, is an English-language version of the Japanese thriller Ju-On.

The film's title refers to a curse that befalls someone who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die, and a new one is born -- passed like a virus from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror.

The project is being directed by the original's writer-director, Takashi Shimizu, from a script by Stephen Susco. Raimi is producing along with his Ghost House partner Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise, who produced the original film.

Brian B.