Mama was released in the UK last Friday, and having already been released in the US weeks earlier, the film has been considered a huge success. Made on a budget of just $15 million, the Guillermo del Toro produced horror has so far made a respectful $97 million worldwide since its release.
Universal are clearly happy with director Andres Muchietti’s skills as they have tapped him to direct another horror film for them called Bird Box. The film will be based on the as yet un-released novel written by The High String frontman Josh Malerman. The book is due for release sometime next year as it is not finished yet. However, Universal are moving forward with a film adaptation, and while no screenwriter has been found, Muschietti is who they want to direct.
Described as a cross between Children of Men and The Others, Bird Box follows a woman and two children as they travel down a river “in a seemingly post-apocalyptic setting.”
Scott Stuber, Chris Morgan and Barbara Muschietti are attached to produce the project.
The film will be due for release in 2014.
You can read Dr Lenera’s Mama review here