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If at first you don’t succeed, reboot and reboot again, or at least that seems to be the theory behind Sony Pictures and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House giving The Grudge another go less than ten years after the last attempt went straight-to-DVD.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up the worldwide rights, and it will collaborate on the film with Ghost House and Good Universe, who last collaborated on the 2016 hit horror film Don’t Breathe.
Raimi and Rob Tapert will once again produce for Ghost House with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman acting as exec. producers along with Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Romel Adam oversees the film for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa for Good Universe with plans to start filming in May.
Pesce got a lot of attention a few years back for his dark horror film Eyes of my Mother, although his new Midnight film Piercing hasn’t found distribution just yet, so it might be even edgier, if that’s even possible.
Sony picked up the English remake rights to the Japanese film Ju-On: the Grudge and released The Grudge in Oct. 2004, a date that helped it become one of the biggest hits in terms of Japanese horror remakes, grossing $110 million in North America. Its 2006 sequel The Grudge 2 only grossed $39.1 million, while the little-seen The Grudge 3 went straight to DVD.
Represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Independent Talent Group, Riseborough might be one of the busiest British actors working today, having starred in three movies at Sundance this year: Nancy (which she also produced), Burden and Panos Cosamtos’ Mandy with Nicolas Cage. She also appears in Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin, now playing in theaters, and last year’s Battle of the Sexes, plus she will be in the upcoming Amazon series Zero Zero Zero.
Bichir was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life, and he’s since appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Savages. He will appear in the New Line horror spin-off The Nun later this year, as well as the Y.A. sci-fi film Chaos Walking, plus he will star and co-produce ABC’s The Grand Hotel with Eva Longoria. Bichiris repped by CAA.
The casting was initially reported by Variety with an earlier assist by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor