For your reading pleasure, I've combined all we currently know about the American reboot of The Grudge and Japan's sequel Ju-on: Beginning of the End into one easy post. You can thank me later.
Let's start with the reboot. Information has been surfacing around this one since 2011, when Shock Till You Drop reported that Roy Lee, producer of both The Ring and The Grudge franchises, wanted to do a new version of The Grudge. The plan was to throw the idea out to the writing community, see what ideas they come up with and when an interesting direction surfaces, the reboot could potentially execute. This wouldn't have come as a surprise, considering the straight-to-DVD result of The Grudge 3 in 2009. The first two installments weren't too shabby and quite scary, if you ask me.
Now, the news is that Sam Raimi along with Rob Tapert, Roy Lee, Taka Ichise, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane is set to produce the new re-telling. This sounds great. Sam Raimi has proved he's still got a good eye for horror with 2009's Drag Me To Hell and his influence on 2013's Evil Dead was unmissable. Raimi is also attached to the reboot of Poltergeist which is due for release in 2015, giving that the potential to be an interesting re-imagining.
Jeff Buhler the writer of Midnight Meat Train and Insanitarium is on-board to helm the script for The Grudge Reboot. We will be sure to update you on any plot details as they arise, but for now, that's all we know.
With regards to Japan's Ju-on addition, we have Masayuki Ochiai as the film's director. This isn't a bad choice. He has few Japanese horrors to his name, including Saimin and Kansen (Infection), but we do have him to thank for the Shutter remake - an average and unforgettable film.
The synopsis for Ju-on: Beginning of the End is:
An elementary school teacher named Yui visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki who's been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.
This doesn't sound like the most ground-breaking or eye-grabbing of stories, so let's hope the film will unleash a few surprises for us.
Ju-on: Beginning of the End has started filming and it currently has a release date set for June 28th 2014 in Japan. Hopefully, we'll get a release in the USA and UK soon.