Nicolas Pesce, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed 2016 Sundance horror ‘The Eyes of My Mother,’ is set to take the director’s chair for Hollywood’s new take of Takashi Shimazu’s ‘Ju-on,’ with Andrea Riseborough (‘Birdman,’ ‘Shadow Dancer,’ ‘Nancy’). Demián Bichir (‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Chaos Walking’) and John Cho (‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Star Trek’) starring.
Hollywood’s first stab at the horror franchise bowed in 2004 with Takashi Shimizu himself behind the camera. The film starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse working in Tokyo who was afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable homicidal rage. Budgeted at $10 million, the film grossed $187 million worldwide and spawned a sequel.
‘Midnight Meat Train’ scribe Jeff Buhler will handle scripting duties, while Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Takashige Ichise produce. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers.
“We are so excited about this new adaptation,” Raimi told Variety. “We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”