American remakes of iconic Japanese properties are generally regarded as a Very Shitty Thing–so a 2018 reboot of a 2004’s remake of a 2002 sounds like most pretentious horror buff’s worst nightmare. 2004’s GRUDGE at least had the redeeming qualities of keeping JU-ON’s original Japanese director and casting Sarah Michelle Gellar (my queen) as its lead, but this version boasts neither Buffy the Vampire Slayer nor Takashi Shimizu in its ranks.
There is, however, some promising news: the new GRUDGE will star none other than Asian-American dreamboat John Cho. Sounds like Hollywood’s finally listening to Twitter.
Per Variety, Sony acquired the worldwide rights to the movie, to be produced in collaboration with Ghost House and and Good Universe, who also teamed up for last year’s horror hit DON’T BREATHE. Nicholas Pesce (of this year’s Sundance thriller PIERCING, based on a Murakami novel) will take the helm, working off his own script. filming is slated to begin in May. Cho’s co-stars include Andrea Riseborough, who you might recognize from BLACK MIRROR , and Demian Bichir from ALIEN: COVENANT.
The reboot reportedly won’t just be a retread of the other movies, but will center on all-new ghosts that nod to original lore. In words of Sam Raimi, producing the film for Ghost House, the team “went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia […] that makes sense and is intelligent and which delves into real relationships and real people and scares the shit out of the audience.
What do you think? Could this be a remake worth seeing? And could John Cho finally be on his way to starring in *every* movie?