THE GRUDGE Reboot Director Says the Film Will Be More Like David Fincher's SEVEN

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A lot of people rolled their eyes when it was announced that there would be another reboot of the Japanese horror film The Grudge. But apparently this new film is going to bring us something very different and unexpected.

According to director Nicolas Pesce (Piercing), the new film is going to be more of a police thriller like David Fincher’s Seven rather than a standard ghost story. While talking to EW in a recent interview, he offered up some new details saying, “It’s a very different take on The Grudge than you know it from the past,” and added:

“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.”

He went on to explain how this reboot will be different than what we’ve seen in the past:

“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.”

That certainly sounds like an interesting approach to the horror franchise, and I’m curious to see how this different direction for the story plays out.

Seven is an incredible film and while I don’t think this Grudge reboot has a chance of being in the same league as it, the elements used could help make it a fun and unique horror movie. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I did like Pesce’s most recent film, Piercing, so even though we don’t really need a Grudge reboot, maybe he’ll deliver something that audiences will enjoy.

Grudge is set to be released on January 3, 2020.

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