Meowing might become a scary sound again, as a reboot of The Grudge, itself a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge, now has a director.

According to Deadline, the latest film in The Grudge franchise is set to be directed and rewritten by Nicolas Pesce, the filmmaker behind 2016's The Eyes of My Mother, a big hit on the festival circuit and a film that our own Heather Wixson called "a hauntingly provocative slice of gothic cinema" in her review.

Pesce is expected to provide additional work to a previous screenplay written by Jeff Buhler, who adapted Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train for the screen and also co-wrote the upcoming Jacob's Ladder remake.

A Ghost House Pictures film, The Grudge reboot will be executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake, and Nathan Kahane.

The American Grudge franchise spans three films and focuses on a lethal, paranormal curse that haunts those unfortunate enough to become ensnared in its rage-inducing grasp. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jason Behr co-starred in 2004's The Grudge, based on the Ju-on franchise whose most recent entry is 2016's Sadako vs. Kayako, a crossover with the Ringu films.

Following the critical success of The Eyes of My Mother, Pesce is currently working in the post-production stages of his second film, Piercing, starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott. We'll keep you updated on The Grudge reboot as more details are revealed. What do you want to see in the reboot? Are you excited about Pesce taking the reins on the project?

Source: Deadline
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