Self-professed horror fans are no doubt well aware of the surprise 2013 hit Mama, which was written and directed by Argentinian filmmaker Andrés Muschietti, and produced by horror genre guru Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak). The movie, which is based on Muschietti’s original foreign-language short film, is centrally concerned with a supernatural ghost story, wherein two young girls are orphaned and left in the woods for five years – only to be subsequently rescued by their adoring uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his less than doting girlfriend (Jessica Chastain).
The original Mama film cost approximately $15 million to make, and went on to garner $71 million domestically and an additional $75 million internationally, making it likely that a sequel would eventually be made – should it involve Muschietti or not. It now appears the Mama sequel will be coming sooner than later, as the project reportedly has a fresh team of screenwriters/directors attached.
According to THR, the writer-director team of Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who were responsible for the 2014 festival circuit horror genre hit Starry Eyes, have been brought onboard to rewrite and direct the Mama sequel for distributor Universal Pictures. In addition, Scott Bernstein (a producer on Straight Outta Compton) and Russell Ackerman (who’s credited as a “development executive” on the original Mama) are set to produce the horror film sequel, with Lava Bear Films also attached.
Given Widmyer and Kolsch’s success within the horror genre thus far, pulling their collective talents into a project with a built-in fanbase already attached could pan out well for Universal. While it might be hard to imagine topping what was an essentially open and closed narrative that has already been told to the point of cathartic completion in Muschietti’s original Mama, Universal might just make something out of the kind of haunting introduced to audiences in 2013 work again in the near future.
Inevitably, there will be those who might fear that a Mama sequel could become as redundant and cliche ridden as past unnecessary sequels within the contemporary horror genre. For now though, fans of the first film will just have to bide their time and keep their fingers crossed that Widmyer and Kolsch are up to the task of delivering another film set within the Mama universe that has at least a spark of the first film’s decided ingenuity and surprising depth of feeling.
Screen Rant will bring you more information on the Mama sequel as it becomes available.