THE GRUDGE Reboot Pushed Back Until 2020
It looks like we’ll only be getting one film directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) in 2019. We’ve been promoting Piercing, arriving in select theaters and VOD platforms this Friday, but we were also looking forward to seeing Pesce’s iteration of The Grudge this June. Today, however, we’re getting word that Sony has punted the release date for The Grudge back into 2020.
Exhibitor Relations Co. broke the news via Twitter:
“Sony’s GRUDGE reboot has been delayed 6 months–now set to kick off 2020 on January 3rd instead of June 21, 2019. The first weekend of the new year has been a hotbed for horror over the last couple decades. Remember, Sony’s ESCAPE ROOM debuted with $18M in week #1 this year.”
Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything but, historically, January is a wasteland for cinema; a time of year when studios usually dump films they have little or no faith in. Let’s hope they really do have the film’s best interests at heart, and aren’t just postponing our inevitable disappointment. Time will tell.
Pesce directs The Grudge from a screenplay penned by Jeff Buhler; the film stars Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, Jacki Weaver, and Lin Shaye.