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‘The Grudge’s’ Takashi Shimizu Working on ‘Night Cry’ Video Game

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‘The Grudge’s’ Takashi Shimizu Working on ‘Night Cry’ Video Game

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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