The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu is shifting focus from scaring the pants off moviegoers to terrifying gamers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker has been hard at work on a crowd-funded reboot of a Japanese video game called Night Cry. Shimizu also created a 12-minute live-action short to promote the project.
For Night Cry, longtime video game guru Hifumi Kono recruited Shimizu and a group of veterans whose credits include Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Halo and Silent Hill.
“The original idea was to make a three- to five-minute promo video, but it kept on getting bigger and ended up as a short film,” Shimizu explained. “I thought Kono-san would ask me to include some things or not show certain elements, but he was busy working on the game and left to my own devices. I actually shot about an hour’s worth of footage and cut that down to the current length [of about 12 minutes.]”
Night Cry isn’t Shimizu’s first foray into video games: He also worked on the 2009 Ju-on: The Grudge game released for the Wii.
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