Grudge is an upcoming 2019 American supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, co-written by Jeff Buhler, and produced by Sam Raimi, through its Ghost House Pictures banner, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise. It is a reboot of the 2004 American film The Grudge, the second remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge, and the fourth installment in The Grudge film series. The film stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. The film will be released on June 21, 2019, by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Sony’s Grudge reboot will now be released two months earlier in summer 2019. The Grudge films revolve around people who are haunted by a ghost that died while experiencing powerful rage or sorrow. The first film was a Japanese horror film released in 2000 called Ju-on: The Curse. There have been many films in the Ju-on series, including an American remake called The Grudge that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In recent years, The Grudge series has crossed over with The Ring films, like in 2016 when Sadako vs. Kayako was released. Back in 2014, Sony also announced they were rebooting The Grudge series, with Jeff Buhler writing the screenplay and Sam Raimi producing. With little to no updates for years, it was then revealed in 2017 that the reboot was again moving forward with Nicolas Pesce attached to write and direct. Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough have been cast in the film, along with Insidious star Lin Shaye. While it was previously reported that Grudge would get a summer 2019 release date, Sony has moved their horror film up by two months.