Following the reveal of its poster last week at New York Comic-Con, the teaser image for next year’s The Grudge has made its way online, embracing the iconography of its predecessors in hopes of striking fear into the hearts of audiences.
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 movie was co-written by Pesce and Jeff Buhler.
The new take is neither a remake nor a sequel to the previous American adaptations of the narrative, instead being a story that embraces the mythology of the series and tells a tale that takes place tangentially to the first 2003 film, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and took place in Japan.
Check out The Grudge reboot poster below.
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 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.
The Grudge is set to land in theaters on January 3, 2020.