The chilling horror produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by first time feature film director Andres Muschietti is due to open in UK cinemas tomorrow. However, with the film (which is based on Muschietti’s short of the same name) already taking a respectable $88 million ($68 million in the US), Universal are naturally already thinking ahead.
Talking to Screen Daily, Universal’s President of International Distribution, David Kosse, said:
“We think there’s potential for a Mama franchise. We’d like to do another one. But those conversations are in the early stages. Mama is the first of this type of model that we’ve had enormous success with so there are more opportunities for this kind of film.”
Successful horrors generally end up turning into a franchise, its the nature of the beast so to speak, however often franchises can milk a story and end up spoiling things. Having not seen Mama yet, I can’t comment on whether the film needs a sequel, but writer and director of the original short and the feature length film, Mushietti, is not overly impressed by the idea of a continuation of his story. He told Screen Crush:
“We sort of wore out the subject matter…I never thought this could continue. Sequels are always tricky. I know how studios think but I don’t see ‘Mama’ as something you can exploit because you’re screwing with the original. I’m really hoping to jump into some other movies right now”
If there is a sequel, and from what Universal have said there probably will, it doesn’t appear that the original director will be returning. However, should del Toro return, just maybe another film could work?
Directed by Andres Muschietti, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Daniel Kash, Mama will arrive in UK cinemas on 22nd February 2013.
Guillermo del Toro presents ‘Mama,’ a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.
The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.
(Sources: Screen Crush, Screen Daily)
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