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NEWS FROM GRUDGE SET


FANGORIA￿s Japanese correspondent Norman England has been spending a lot of time on the set of THE GRUDGE, Takashi Shimizu￿s English-language remake of his JU-ON films that￿s produced by returning Taka Ichise along with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. He just sent in an initial report that begins with a bit of casting news. ￿Ted Raimi is in this too,￿ he reveals; the actor joins an ensemble that includes Sarah Michelle (BUFFY) Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea (CARNIVALE) DuVall, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman and the Japanese films￿ ghosts, Takako Fuji and Yuya Ozeki. ￿The thing about this film is that it￿s very ensemble,￿ England adds. ￿Even though Sarah Michelle Gellar is the lead, she￿s not in it as much as you would think. But this is in keeping with JU-ON; all the films are like that.


￿From what I￿ve seen, there is a really good mixing of Japanese and Western staff,￿ he continues. ￿There are a lot of bilingual people on the crew, Japanese who speak English as well as Americans who speak Japanese. I￿d label it a ￿best of both worlds￿ production.


￿The sets look really impressive, too; they rebuilt the haunted house inside Toho￿s new Studio 7. It￿s totally realistic. The crew is really busting their butts on this film and from the few shots I￿ve seen, I have to say that it￿s looking good.￿


England has already interviewed busy genre producer Ichise for us, and reveals, ￿In April he￿s shooting the first of six new horror films. This one is being directed by Masayuki Ochiai, who did THE HYPNOTIST. I also talked with Hideo [RINGU] Nakata two weeks ago, and he said that he too is doing one for Ichise. I found out from Taka that unfortunately, Nakata’s [planned U.S. feature debut]TRUE BELIEVER was canned.￿


Look for England￿s extensive and exclusive coverage of THE GRUDGE (including the only on-set interview with Gellar) in Fango￿s pages this fall, and see issue #231 (on sale March 18) for his coverage of the JU-ON movies.


Courtesy of Fangoria

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