Film Fridays – New lawsuit may block ‘The Grudge’ remake from happening

It appears that the popular horror franchise The Grudge may have picked up another curse, as one of the original producers has filed a lawsuit against the upcoming US remake. The rebooted version of the 2002 Japanese cult film, Ju-On: The Grudge, is currently being directed by Nicolas Pesce with an all-star cast and set for a 2019 release. While the original Japanese version of Ju-On franchise consists of nine feature films that culminated in the recent crossover Sadako vs. Kayako, which saw the female antagonist from the Ring series turn up for a brawl, most US horror fans are familiar with the series of films that that started in 2004.

 

However, prolific Japanese producer/writer Taka Ichise has raised many eyebrows by officially filing a breach of contract suit with the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 30. Deadline reports that he has drawn up the complaint against Good Universe, alleging that the company is refusing to allow him credit as a producer. Good Universe is a spinoff company from Lionsgate and is producing the remake alongside Ghost House and Stage 6. In the claim, Ichise states the company acquired the rights for another entry in the franchise on the express condition that he be given the right to produce the new movie and be paid an agreed-upon producer fee. As such, he is seeking compensation and recognition for alleged damages.

– Excerpt from an article written by David Stephens for Film Rant. Find the full article here

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