Mama was a surprisingly successful horror smash for Universal back in 2013, so we guess it stands to reason that the studio put a sequel into development.
THR reports that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are in final negotiations to direct the sequel to Andres Muschietti’s fairytale horror about a a pair of orphans and the terrifying spirit that latched onto them. Widmyer and Kolsch are the duo behind 2014’s Starry Eyes, a Lynchian psychological horror about an actress who’s willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in Hollywood. It was an gruesomely effective and stylish piece of work (It definitely went down well at FrightFest). They’ll also rewrite the existing script if and when they sign on.
Mama starred Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and grossed more than $146 million worldwide from a $15 million budget. It was produced by Guillermo del Toro and based on Muschietti’s terrifying short film. Muschietti was attached to Universal’s remake of The Mummy for a while before dropping out, and he’s now set to direct the long-gestating film of It.