“Grudge” Reboot Has A “Se7en” Tone

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One of the more unexciting at present films on the schedule is a reboot of “The Grudge” at Screen Gems. Originally slated for this year and pushed to January next year, the film’s main selling point is the return of the franchise and its “reimagining” by impressive rising filmmaker Nicolas Pesce (“Piercing,” “The Eyes of My Mother”).

Pesce recently spoke with EW about the project, offering some new details and saying this one is less spook story and more gritty police thriller with a real “Se7en” style vibe:

“It’s a very different take on The Grudge than you know it from the past. 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. The movie is set up a lot more like Seven, that sort of movie. There’s a cop drama that drives the whole thing, and Andrea [Riseborough] is the lead detective on this new case that they’ve come upon and is the driving force through the movie. She’s incredible. She’s in absolutely everything and, when you see her act, you know why.”

Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jackie Weaver, John Cho, William Sadler, Demian Bichir and Frankie Faison co-star in the new “Grudge” which opens January 3rd 2020.