It’s a double dose of John Cho today! We already reported that Sony, through its Screen Gems genre shingle, will release SEARCHING (starring Cho and Debra Messing) on August 3. Well, Sony just made another announcement and looks like they are extending their working relationship with the venerable actor with him coming onboard the studio’s reimagining of THE GRUDGE, based on the J-horror film of the early aughts. He will be joined by Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough with Nicolas Peace writing and directing the new horror pic.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently acquired worldwide rights to the film. SPWA, Ghost House, and Good Universe last collaborated on Fede Alvarez’s thriller “Don’t Breathe.”
Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce the film for Ghost House, with Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman executive producing for Good Universe alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Romel Adam will oversee the movie for Ghost House and Brady Fujikawa for Good Universe. The pic will begin shooting in May.
The first film hit theaters in 2004 — a popular time for Japanese horror film remakes. The original adaptation starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and went on to earn $187.3 million worldwide on a $10 million budget.
Cho has been priming up his horror acting chops with his recent stint on the latest season of THE EXORCIST on Fox.