Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures are joining forces for another remake of The Grudge.
The franchise started with director Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On, which was spawned after two straight-to-video releases in Japan. Takashi Shimizu also directed the Japanese sequel Ju-on 2 and then the American remake The Grudge in 2004, along with its sequel, The Grudge 2, in 2006. The Grudge 3 was released straight to video in 2009, although it’s the only movie in the whole series which wasn’t directed by Takashi Shimizu. Toby Wilkins took over directorial duties for The Grudge 3.
It isn’t known if Takashi Shimizu will return to direct this new remake. It is also unclear if Ghost House and Mandate are eyeing a theatrical release or if it will go straight-to-video.
The Grudge was released October 22nd, 2004 and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, William Mapother, Clea DuVall, KaDee Strickland, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Pullman, Rosa Blasi. The film is directed by Takashi Shimizu.