Fans of The Grudge get ready for some fantastic news. Sony has officially moved the release date of their latest entry Grudge, from August 16th, 2019 to June 21st, 2019. This change although unexpected, could go either way for the upcoming reboot. Previous Sony films such as Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Don’t Breathe (2016) both were released in August and created revenue. Moving a horror title (and one as popular as The Grudge) to a summer blockbuster month is really showing that Sony knows they have a good film on their hands. They don’t seem too concerned especially since Toy Story 4 (2019) will be releasing the same weekend.
The new film will be of course a new tale of a house that is cursed by a vengeful ghost. Not many specifics have been given on the new story but it will be very interesting to see what direction they decide to take the series. There is still speculation on whether or not the Saeki family storyline will be continued or not. This will be the first film in the series where creator Takashi Shimizu does not have any direct involvement. They kept both Sam Raimi and Takashige Ichise as producers, who were responsible for the original The Grudge (2004) remake.
Grudge is directed by Nicolas Pesce, responsible for The Eyes of My Mother (2016) and soon in December, Piercing (2018). Pesce co-wrote Grudge with Jeff Buhler who is making waves with upcoming horror remakes such as Pet Sematary (2019) and Jacob’s Ladder (2019). He also penned the screenplay for Midnight Meat Train (2008). I cannot think of two better people to handle the next chapter in the series. It looks like we will be in for a really terrifying experience.
Grudge will be terrifying fans in theaters on June 21st, 2019.