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Sam Raimi producing a reboot to The Grudge, 10 years after the last remake

03.20.2014

Before the current found footage craze, the big horror focus was on remaking Japanese horror films. In the wake of THE RING, we got a number of lackluster films capitalizing on the creepy ghosts that populated asian horror films. The most successful of those movies was THE GRUDGE starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. After several sequels failed to capitalize on the first movie's almost $200 million box office worldwide, producer Sam Raimi is going to try remaking it again.

Raimi and partner Rob Tapert will produce again via Ghost House Pictures with MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN screenwriter Jeff Buhler working on a draft. It remains to be seen if the film will retell the same story as the Japanese and American films or take the same basic structure and tell a brand new story.

THE GRUDGE describes a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse is an entity created where the person died. Those who encounter this evil supernatural force die and the curse is reborn repeatedly, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror.

JU-ON: THE GRUDGE generated six feature film installments while the English-language version produced a trilogy. It seems apparent that this new film is aiming for a theatrical release versus a direct to home video project, but with the films costing almost no money to make, the studio stands to make a hefty profit even if the new film does half the business of the first.

THE GRUDGE remake has no set release date, but with how quickly these can get made, it could still conceivably be released this year.

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Source: Deadline

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8:04PM on 03/23/2014

Bad idea. Bad, bad, bad.

Even if only based on the comments below, I guess you can go ahead and file this under "Things Nobody Gives A Shit About".

Nobody cared when they remade The Grudge the first time, I don't see droves of people clamouring at theatres on opening night to see this remake of a remake.
Even if only based on the comments below, I guess you can go ahead and file this under "Things Nobody Gives A Shit About".

Nobody cared when they remade The Grudge the first time, I don't see droves of people clamouring at theatres on opening night to see this remake of a remake.
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3:18PM on 03/21/2014

Raimi is also dead to me

The mind behind Evil Dead and Darkman is dredging up this tired franchise again.
*sigh*
I should have seen the downhill slide with his lackluster Spiderman trilogy, but this is just the final nail in the coffin.
The mind behind Evil Dead and Darkman is dredging up this tired franchise again.
*sigh*
I should have seen the downhill slide with his lackluster Spiderman trilogy, but this is just the final nail in the coffin.
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9:09AM on 03/21/2014

Raimi is dead to me

They guy has no creative juices left. He is literally remaking a movie he remade 10 years ago. When does it end? Just give us what the fans want. Nobody in the past 10 years said "Hey, you know what was a classic movie that needs to be remade, The Grudge".
They guy has no creative juices left. He is literally remaking a movie he remade 10 years ago. When does it end? Just give us what the fans want. Nobody in the past 10 years said "Hey, you know what was a classic movie that needs to be remade, The Grudge".
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5:28PM on 03/20/2014
facepalm
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4:14PM on 03/20/2014
Is Sam Raimi creatively dead inside or what? All his production company makes is shitty, watered down horror movies for tweens and the last three movies he's directed (Oz, Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) have been terrible.

If he insists on doing remakes, sequels/prequels and adaptations for the rest of his career then why not make something your fans actually want to see, like Evil Dead 4.
Is Sam Raimi creatively dead inside or what? All his production company makes is shitty, watered down horror movies for tweens and the last three movies he's directed (Oz, Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) have been terrible.

If he insists on doing remakes, sequels/prequels and adaptations for the rest of his career then why not make something your fans actually want to see, like Evil Dead 4.
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2:30AM on 03/21/2014
Although I had a good time with Drag Me To Hell, I completely agree with everything you wrote. Give us the sequel we want!
Although I had a good time with Drag Me To Hell, I completely agree with everything you wrote. Give us the sequel we want!
12:58PM on 03/21/2014
There was nothing wrong with Drag me to hell. We needed that kind of movie.
There was nothing wrong with Drag me to hell. We needed that kind of movie.
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4:08PM on 03/20/2014
The original Japanese film is terrible, so it was no surprise that the American remake was as well. Does anyone think that a remake of a terrible remake of a terrible movie is going to do any better?
The original Japanese film is terrible, so it was no surprise that the American remake was as well. Does anyone think that a remake of a terrible remake of a terrible movie is going to do any better?
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3:53PM on 03/20/2014
Stupid! The ONLY reason I did watch it is for Sarah Michelle Gellar. The ONLY reason I'd watch a reboot is if they replaced her with Mama June from Honey Boo Boo.
Stupid! The ONLY reason I did watch it is for Sarah Michelle Gellar. The ONLY reason I'd watch a reboot is if they replaced her with Mama June from Honey Boo Boo.
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3:46PM on 03/20/2014
Eat shit, Raimi.
Eat shit, Raimi.
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3:44PM on 03/20/2014

In my Frozen voice

LET IT GO, LET IT GOOOOO!
LET IT GO, LET IT GOOOOO!
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3:41PM on 03/20/2014
Oh God, not more of this shit...
Oh God, not more of this shit...
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3:42PM on 03/20/2014
I meant to list this under "this is a bad idea"
I meant to list this under "this is a bad idea"
3:34PM on 03/20/2014
Why do we need another reboot?STOP TJE REMAKES HOLLYWOOD!
Why do we need another reboot?STOP TJE REMAKES HOLLYWOOD!
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3:35PM on 03/20/2014
it's THE
it's THE
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