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    THE GRUDGE Returns in January From Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures

    Lin Shaye and Tara Westwood in THE GRUDGE, the reboot/sequel to the long running Japanese and American horror film series. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. © 2018 CTMG, All Rights Reserved.

    Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Official Movie Site: thegrudge.movie

    In 2003, Sam Raimi’s (EVIL DEAD, SPIDER-MAN) production company Ghost House Pictures licensed the remake rights to JU-ON (呪怨), the Japanese horror film series from director Takashi Shimizu. Shimizu was hired to direct the US version, released in 2004 as THE GRUDGE.

    Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), THE GRUDGE was a box office hit, grossing $188 million worldwide. Shimizu returned for the less successful sequel, THE GRUDGE 2 (2006), starring Amber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA). A straight-to-video sequel, THE GRUDGE 3 followed in 2009.

    That appeared to be the end of THE GRUDGE series in America, but Sam Raimi is back with what is promised to be “a twisted new take of the horror classic.”

    Directed by Nicolas Pesce (THE EYES OF MY MOTHER), the new version of THE GRUDGE stars Andrea Riseborough (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS), Demián Bichir (GODZILLA VS KONG), John Cho (STAR TREK), Betty Gilpin (GLOW) with Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS) and Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK). With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas and Jeff Buhler, THE GRUDGE is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert (EVIL DEAD, XENA) and Taka Ichise (THE RING, JU-ON).

    THE GRUDGE will be released by Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems division on January 3, 2020.

    Directed by: Nicolas Pesce
    Screenplay by: Nicolas Pesce
    Story by: Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler

    Based on the Film JU-ON: THE GRUDGE Written & Directed by Takashi Shimizu

    Produced by: Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Taka Ichise
    Executive Producers: Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton, Schuyler Weiss

    Cast
    Andrea Riseborough
    Demián Bichir
    John Cho
    Betty Gilpin
    with Lin Shaye
    and Jacki Weaver

    Andrea Riseborough. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. © 2018 CTMG, All Rights Reserved.
    Demián Bichir and Tara Westwood. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. © 2018 CTMG, All Rights Reserved.
    THE GRUDGE cast and crew at New York Comic Con 2019.From left to right: Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Nicholas Pesce (Director), Sam Raimi (Producer) and Andrea Riseborough. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. © 2018 CTMG, All Rights Reserved.

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics.


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