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Like a chalk-faced, black-haired female ghoul crawling backwards at you across a ceiling, the Grudge franchise refuses to die. Two years after Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures denied any possibility of a fourth American instalment, Bd have the scoop that The Grudge 4 is indeed in the works.It's a curse that keeps on being reborn, which is appropriate, given that that's the hook of the entire unwieldy series. Beginning with short films and two Japanese TV movies in the late 90s, director Takashi Shimizu spun the Ju-On tale into two theatrical Japanese features in 2003. He then helmed a Hollywood remake of the first starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2004, and stayed around for 2006's The Grudge 2, which again featured Gellar but was a stand-alone movie not based on Ju-On 2. Following this so far?Then in 2009, we have two new non-Shimizu Japanese entires in Old Lady in White and »
Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures are joining forces for another remake of The Grudge.
The franchise started with director Takashi Shimizu's Ju-On, which was spawned after two straight-to-video releases in Japan. Takashi Shimizu also directed the Japanese sequel Ju-on 2 and then the American remake The Grudge in 2004, along with its sequel, The Grudge 2, in 2006. The Grudge 3 was released straight to video in 2009, although it's the only movie in the whole series which wasn't directed by Takashi Shimizu. Toby Wilkins took over directorial duties for The Grudge 3.
It isn't known if Takashi Shimizu will return to direct this new remake. It is also unclear if Ghost House and Mandate are eyeing a theatrical release or if it will go straight-to-video.
While Japan is in recovery, the country's film industry is slowly getting back on its feet and Hollywood is giving it some assistance. One of the first projects to lens across the pond this fall is Haunted Temple and J.T. Petty ( The Burrowers ) is sitting in the director's chair. Plot details are under wraps, however, the film is in the vein of The Ring and The Grudge . A number of the producers behind the films are responsible for the American Ring entries. Shinya Egawa ( Ju-On 2 ) is also shepherding the project. »
3 items from 2011
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