Jim Mickle’s remake of the Mexican cannibal horror, We Are What We Are, is heading to Cannes this week, and while the reviews have been mixed but fairly positive on the Stake Land directors version, Memento Films are keen to expand the story.
Memento Films has launched sales on both a prequel and a sequel to the film, and already there are writers and directors in place.
The prequel, titled What We Were, is set to be directed by Sauna director AJ Annila, and this will be his first English language film. The prequel will tell the story of Emma and Frank Parker, the parents of the first film, and will focus on how they introduced their children to cannibalism. Stake Land writer Nick Damici will write the prequel.
Mickle said of Annila “Sauna is one of my favorite movies to come out in the last few years. I think AJ will take this world and the characters and make something personal, unique, and scary as hell. Can’t wait to see it all come to life.”
Annila said of his involvement “I’m honored and very excited to dive into the world of We Are What We Are and surface with another setting that’s as unique and disturbing as its relatives. A dark, bittersweet love story with real characters, raw emotions, and culinary eye candy.”
The writer and director of the original Spanish language film, Jorge Michel Grau, has agreed to direct the sequel, and is currently working on a treatment for the film which will complete the trilogy.