‘Mama’ Sequel in ‘Early Stages’ at Universal Pictures [UPDATED]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 am,

Mama Sequel Talks Mama Sequel in Early Stages at Universal Pictures [UPDATED]

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An international gross of $89 million isn’t much of a take for widely-distributed movies these days. However, if that movie was made on a $15 million budget and still has many territories left to open in, the picture changes. Such is the situation with Mama, the Guillermo Del Toro-backed, Spanish-American co-production that has done surprisingly well since its late-January opening.

Apparently, Mama‘s success has greatly impressed distributor Universal Pictures International. Not only has the company decided to move forward into further ventures with foreign production companies, they have begun talks to help finance and distribute a sequel (or sequels) to Mama itself.

In an interview with Screen Daily, Universal Pictures President of International, David Kosse, has said that the success of Mama has set a sequel into the earliest stages of development. Kosse states:

“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.”

Mama – adapted from the infamously unsettling short film of the same name – concerns a couple that adopt nieces who have spent the last five years in the wilderness. Though wild themselves, the kids insist that they survived in the woods due to the aid of an otherworldly entity named “Mama.” As Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) struggle to raise two children who are essentially feral, increasingly disturbing events indicate that Mama may not just be an imaginary friend.

Mama Jessica Chastain Mama Sequel in Early Stages at Universal Pictures [UPDATED]

The revelation of talks for a Mama sequel will no doubt come as good news to the film’s growing fanbase. That said, Mama is not the sort of horror movie to demand a sequel – after all, its bittersweet ending almost completely negates the need for one. Perhaps – if the movie’s creators do indeed want to make this a franchise – further Mama installments could take up with new sets of characters within a setting where spirits and other supernatural entities act as protectors (and avengers) of the living.

If anything, Kosse has confirmed that Universal Pictures International will be much more willing to take risks on foreign co-productions as it moves into the future. Though we may not see a direct Mama sequel (and if we do, it may not make much of a splash), its success could open the gates for interesting, ambitious horror properties from the rest of the world.

UPDATE: Mama writer Barbara Muschietti has told Bleeding Cool that the news of a sequel is actually rather premature. Muschietti says that she has not been involved in any talks, stating:

“We were as surprised as you. There has not been any talk at all about it. I read the initial article… I think the journalist asked if that was a possibility and David Kosse didn’t shut it down but he didn’t go into it.”

If anything, it appears that Muschietti and her brother, director Andres Muschietti, are looking to strike off in a new direction for their next project. As noted above, this makes sense given the finality of Mama‘s ending.

Does Muschietti’s confusion imply that Universal has plans move forward with a Mama-based franchise with or without its creators? David Kosse does indeed intimate the desire for a sequel in the original interview, though in somewhat nebulous terms. Was he simply waffling to make his point about Universal Pictures International’s desire for new co-productions with foreign companies? Stay tuned to Screen Rant as this story develops.


As Mama is still in theaters worldwide, it will obviously be some time until we see its (tentatively possible) sequel.

Source: Screen Daily [via Shock Till You Drop] [UPDATE material via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. Mama was pretty good. Im just not sure in what way they could possible make a sequel to it. My impression was that it was a solid stand alone film with adequate closure.

    • I agree. shame, they’ll probably mess it up… I don’t think I’ll see the sequel

    • There wasnt really a closure because the butterfly at the end was the soul of lilly. if you paid attention to the ending fully, mama wrapped her up in a cocoon like a butterfly and was holding her the way that she was holding the baby before she got rid of its remains. the fact that the butterfly at the end had the same blue color on it that lilly had around her in the cocoon gives that away. theyre obviously going to do something with lilly being the spirit next

  2. Really? Why does Hollywood feel the need to turn EVERYTHING into a franchise?

    • One word…Money.

    • Why say it’s Hollywood when the fans are the ones asking. Maybe not all the fans but enough to elicit interest by the movers and shakers. There are no sacred cows in the movie industry.

  3. This news has put me even more off watching it!

  4. Build up was excellent but had one of the worst endings I’ve ever seen.

    • Exactly. First half was one of the finest horror movies I’ve ever seen. The acting (especially from the child actors) and suspense were off the charts. Unfortunately the last half of the movie faltered.

    • Me and my girl both agree with you. We were totally blown away with the first 2/3 of the film. But then the last third was just terrible. It got to the point that it wasnt even scary.

    • I blame del toro, seems he wanted to make a more fantasy thing but…

  5. I really liked Mama. Good visuals, atmosphere, music, and acting. It’s the kind of horror movie I look for: Little to no gore (I don’t think torture and disemboweling equal scary), good over all story, great special effects, and no animals harmed at all. I do admit that some parts seemed to go on a little too long.


    Yes, the ending was lacking. It also went on for too long, killing the suspense. I would rather have seen Mama take the bones of her baby off the cliff instead of Lily. Or maybe have the ghost of the dad drag Mama off the cliff when she turns to go back? Just an idea.

    Anyway, I’ll be watching for the squeal(s). Stick to the formula above, but make a fresh story.

    • The whole ghost of the father grabbing her off the cliff idea sounds like it couldve been great.

    • Lilly was dead already. It’s in the drawings.

  6. When i read “i think theres potential for a mama franchise..” what i heard was “i think we can milk this movie for weak sequels and drive the concept into the ground.” I hate hollywood.

  7. Why?????

  8. the first 2/3 of the movie was okay.

    But the ending ruined the entire film. Utterly ruined it.

    This is not a film worth making a franchise out of. I will not see any additional movies. I will look upon them with disgust and discourage others from seeing them.

  9. I did love the movie but the ending was kind of a like a ‘woah what?!’ kind of deal, and I didt really like the way it ended although I did love the movie and its plot, I do think there should be some kind of a sequal to this, and I do realize not every movie needs a happy ending but killing off the youngest character, cmon dude

    • I totally agree! I didn’t get the ending at all! Why did she take Lilly? the only thing I could think is Mama took her because she had really passed away when they were in the wild… That probably doesn’t make sense. But it left me having too many questions and I hate movies that end that way!

      • It does make sense. In a few of the drawings it showed Lilly getting sick and then missing from a couple of the bed scene drawings. Mama was there clinging to the bottom of the bed but Lilly was missing.

  10. The sequel is Mama the return of Lilly. She wants Victoria. Of course she’ll have to be some teen heartthrob as well as her love interest who gets snuffed st the beginning of the movie. Hint, hint.

  11. Oh my gosh I think mama was the best movie ever made I defidently think that they should make mama 2. Some people got really mad including me on how it ended. I think that the sequel should be about lily coming back and mama coming back and lily wants to get away from mama an live a normal life while mama still tries to get the girls but mama dies of trying too much. So I defidently think they should make a sequal

  12. Please please make another i love MAMA

  13. I really think there should be a part 2 of mama and it should be called the return of Lilly