Grudge release date moved up by two months
Director Nicolas Pesce’s Grudge will hit theaters on June 21, according to Deadline. This moves its release date up almost two months from its original slate of August 16. Pesce’s film is a remake of the 2004 film The Grudge, which is itself a remake of the 2002 Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge.
The film stars John Cho (Searching), Demian Bichir (The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Waco). Filmmaker Sam Raimi, who produced the first two installments of the American versions of the horror trilogy, is producing alongside Rob Tapert for Ghost House.
The Japanese Ju-On franchise is currently at nine feature films including a “versus” movie with The Ring. The original 2004 American version of The Grudge starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as an exchange student who moves to Tokyo and finds herself tormented by spirits of the dead. Gellar returned for a 2006 sequel, but not for the third film, which went direct to home video.
Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman are executive producing for Good Universe alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Romel Adam is overseeing the movie for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa is overseeing for Good Universe. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently picked up worldwide rights to The Grudge reboot.
The Grudge reboot was expected to begin shooting in May. It’s not known if the new release date will impact production.