We know what you’ll be doing next summer.
Sure, most moviegoers will be flocking to see the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, The Lion King and The Terminator in their droves, but for horror fans, 2019 will herald the frankly unmissable reboot of The Grudge, the Japanese cult classic that initially made the journey West in 2004.
It spawned two sequels of its own, though Hollywood’s Grudge series soon began to suffer from a case of diminishing returns. A back-to-basics reboot was in order, then, and sure enough, Ghost House Pictures has slated its rendition of The Grudge for a release on August 16th, 2019. So like we said, we know what you’ll be doing next summer: cowering beneath the cinema seat in front of you as the ancient cinematic curse begins to take hold.
Pitched as a reimagining of sorts, we understand Nicolas Pesce is directing from his own script, while Insidious lead and all-around screen legend Lin Shaye recently came aboard to complete a cast list that also includes Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir (Alien: Covenant), and John Cho.
The Grudge is also bolstered by some serious film pedigree behind the scenes, given Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have agreed to produce the movie on behalf of Ghost House. If that banner sounds familiar, it should; Ghost House last collaborated with Good Universe and Sony for Fede Alvarez’s spooky domestic thriller Don’t Breathe, so their involvement certainly bodes well here.
Ghost House and Nicolas Pesce’s bold reimagining of The Grudge officially slithers into theaters on August 16th, 2019.