We recently shared the short film Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, the project by Mike Flanagan that became the feature film Oculus in 2013. It’s actually one of many well-known horror movies that began life as a short film. It gave us the idea to feature more of these embryonic manifestations, blueprints that would lay the groundwork for something expansive. It’s a series we’re calling Before It Was a Feature. As the popularity of short films continues to swell, we can expect to see more examples of this phenomenon in the years to come.
After seeing the short Argentinian film Mamá in 2008, Guillermo Del Toro called it: “One of the scariest scenes I’ve ever seen”. Incredibly impressed with writer/director Andrés Muschietti’s abilities, he was excited to give Mamá the feature film treatment. Mama, released in 2013, became a genre favorite and Muschietti is now a sought-after director. Muschietti’s stars has risen to new heights following the release of IT in September, and he’s already hard at work on a sequel.
News also circulated recently about a potential sequel to the feature film Mama. To recap:
Back in February 2016, numerous media outlets reported that a sequel to 2013’s Mama, directed Andrés Muschietti (IT 2017) had been given the green light over at Universal. Since then, however, there haven’t been any updates, suggesting the news of a “go-ahead” may have been exaggerated. Yesterday, however, we got some signals suggesting Mama 2 may indeed be moving forward.
First, a poster was added to the database of HorrorNews.net; second, an IMDB page for Mama 2 has been updated with a target release date of 2018. IMDB Pro confirms that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the creative duo behind 2014’s wildly successful Starry Eyes, are still in place to write and direct, with Neil Cross also on board to write. Executive producers are Russell Ackerman and Scott Bernstein.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Mama, released in 2013, below.
Official Synopsis: On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone — or something — still wants to tuck them in at night.