At a Netflix Japan event, it was announced that the streaming giant is adapting the 2002 horror movie ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’ into a series, with Shô Miyake directing. ‘Ju-On’ was adapted into an American film, ‘The Grudge’ in 2004, which garnered two sequels. The original also received a sequel, aptly titled ‘Ju-On: The Grudge 2’. Takashi Shimizu directed both Japanese films.
Netflix describes its adaptation as:
The J-Horror classic franchise Ju-On was actually based on real events that occurred over four decades – and the truth is even more terrifying.
Miyake previously helmed the Japanese pictures ‘Misshi to bannin’, ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’, and ‘Wild Tour’.
This will be a Japanese project, but Netflix offers a wide variety of foreign films and TV shows all over the world. The German horror/sci-fi series ‘Dark’ has proven to be a hit in the US, with two seasons now available to stream, and a third and final season in the works.
If you prefer your ‘Grudges’ American, Sony is reviving the brand with an all-new film reboot. Nicolas Pesce (‘The Eyes of my Mother’) is directing that version, with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise producing. The film has completed shooting, and it is scheduled to be released on January 3, 2020. The cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, and Betty Gilpin.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in February, Pesce discussed his version of ‘The Grudge’ and how it differs from prior installments.
“It’s a very different take on ‘The Grudge’ than you know it from the past. Those movies will always exist and always be there for you to watch. I think that horror audiences these days are looking for a much more grounded, much more realistic, much more character-driven story in their horror movies. We see what’s doing well now and it is these kind of smarter, more nuanced horror stories, and that’s what this is going to be. We’re trying to update it for contemporary sensibilities, and we have an unbelievable cast, and I think it’s going to be something very different. There’s a thousand Grudge movies out there, and we wanted to figure out a way to kind of put a new, fresh spin on it, and it’s going to be exciting.”
What do you think? Are you more intrigued by a Japanese ‘Grudge’ TV series or a new American film?
Source: Ramen Para Dos