Aside from an American reboot of titled The Grudge, it seems the Ju-On franchise will also be getting a Netflix TV series adaptation that’ll lean more towards the original 2000 J-horror classic, with Japanese director Sho Miyake helming the film.
For who have never heard of the Ju-On franchise, the plot of the films generally revolves around a haunted house filled with vengeful spirits who have died in the house. The spirits then proceed to haunt and murder any poor, unfortunate soul who tries to live in the house, or even just enters the house.
Cue lots of jumpscares, terrifying raspy noises, creepy children, and large unblinking eyes curtained by long, stringy, black hair.
Netflix currently has an official page dedicated to the upcoming Netflix original series where they teased the following, “The J-horror classic franchise “Ju-On” was actually based on real events that occurred over four decades — and the truth is even more terrifying.” The series is expected to hit Netflix around June 2020.
While some might feel apprehensive at the prospect of another Ju-On spin-off, with the latter few movies in the Ju-On franchise giving mediocre performances in theatres. A TV series might just be what the franchise needs, as the show will be able to delve deeper into the lore of Ju-On to produce a more well-rounded show.
While that is all we know for now about the Ju-On TV series, we do know a little more about the remake for The Grudge, by director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes Of My Mother).
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pesce explained that his reboot will be a very different take on The Grudge but he assures fans that it will not damage the franchise’s legacy as fans are still welcome to enjoy all previous instalments.
“Those movies will always exist and always be there for you to watch. I think that horror audiences these days are looking for a much more grounded, much more realistic, much more character-driven story in their horror movies,” Pesce noted. “We see what’s doing well now and it is these kinds 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 Grudge, which stars horror veteran Lin Shaye (Insidious, A Nightmare on Elm Street), is expected to hit the big screens in January next year.