The upcoming reboot of The Grudge has hit a stumbling block, with Taka lchise – producer of the original Japanese Ju-On franchise – filing a lawsuit against production company Good Universe alleging breach of contract.
According to Deadline, the lawsuit states that in exchange for the rights, Good Universe had promised to give Ichise a producer credit on the film – which is going by the title Grudge – as well as paying him an agreed fee. Ichise claims that, despite having a contract, he has not be given the required credit on the movie.
Production on Grudge is already well underway, with Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) directing a cast that includes Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Lin Shaye (Insidious), John Cho (Star Trek Beyond), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Betty Gilpin (GLOW), William Sadler (Power) and Frankie Faison (Banshee).
The lawsuit seems a simple one to resolve – give Ichise the credit and/or pay him off – so it would seem unlikely that it will impact the film’s planned August 16th 2019 release date.