Variety is exclusively reporting that Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough are set to star in Sony’s reimagining of the horror film The Grudge.
The film is set to be a remake of the 2004 film, the US remake of the the 2002 Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge, which focused on an American nurse living and working in Tokyo that becomes exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. The film was directed by Takashi Shimizu, who directed the Japanese original, and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Fehr, KaDee Strickland, William Mapother and Clea DuVall.
Speaking about the project, producer Sam Raimi said:
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 Pictures recently acquired the worldwide rights to the film and Nicolas Pesce is on board to direct as well as pen the script. The report doesn’t state what roles Bichir and Riseborough, nor a longline for the upcoming new take of the film. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will serve as producers under the Ghost House banner, with Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman serving as executive producers under the Good Universe banner alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Romel Adam will be overseeing the project alongside Brady Fujikawa.
The film is scheduled to commence filming this coming May.