Things have been quiet on the Mother’s Day redux front for the past month, but today director Darren Bousman let loose with an extensive update and provided a new still from the flick.
Here are a few excerpts from Bousman’s blog:
When the script came in for Mother’s Day, the film’s producer Richard Saperstein pointed out that there were a lot of characters in the script. Like SAW 2, I laughed it off, and said I can handle it. Now, here I am in post, again crying… Not because it’s hard to keep track of everyone, but because every single person in this movie is AMAZING and I don’t want to cut one frame of their performances… They gave me GOLD – and GOLD shall I deliver. But, alas, part of the post process is cutting down scenes, performances, and story to fit in cohesive, dramatic fashion… AND NOT BE 6 hours long…
Every scene is my favorite scene, every character is my favorite character, so having to part with even ONE frame is like watching my dog Chance being slapped in the face… It’s painful and heartbreaking. That being said… It’s a champagne problem and the tighter this movie gets, the better it becomes….
I am sitting in the edit room now – watching the latest cut, and I feel like a proud father. It’s been an extremely difficult post process. In every movie I have done, there have been weak actors, weak scenes – so when I come in the edit room – it’s a simple choice – CUT THIS, CUT THAT. But with Mother’s Day – every scene seems to work, every actor brings their A game…
Rebecca De Mornay has created an iconic villainess that has more depth, more dimension than anything we have seen in recent movies of this genre. Forget what you saw in THE HANDS THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE – that was Disney compared to this! She is the REAL DEAL – terrifying and yet wildly compelling.
With each movie I work on – I learn more about the craft… I consider myself lucky to have had such a strong script – and amazing actors…
I think fans of the original Charles Kaufman film will find a lot to like in this version. Yes, it’s completely different, but at its core – it’s the same perverse story of Mother and her kids.
As for the film’s planned release date, Bousman wrote the following:
Our initial goal was to fast track the post process and come out Mother’s Day 2010. But, as shooting began MAJOR movies started staking claim to that date and the weeks surrounding it. IRON MAN 2, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, ROBIN HOOD, SHREK 4, blah, blah, blah…
It is my opinion that MOTHER’S DAY is better than just the ‘gimmick’ of the title. We could come out in the month(s) following Mother’s Day and be fine… The movie will work whenever it’s released. As one of our producers said “Mother’s Day could come on Labor Day this year… or on Halloween… The story and character are the stars – not the title!”
Along with De Mornay, Mother’s Day stars Briana Evigan, Alexa Vega, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, and Deborah Ann Woll. Be sure to hit above the above link to Darren’s blog for the full story, and dig on the new photo below the synopsis.
After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home, hoping their MOTHER (Rebecca De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, JOHNNY (Matt O’Leary), has been shot, and their back-stabbing former partner has gotten away with all the cash.
But when the brothers get home, they find that all their stuff is gone and Mother is nowhere to be found: She lost the house months ago in a foreclosure. The new owners, BETH and DANIEL SOHAPI (Jaime King and Frank Grillo), and their guests, gathered for an ill-timed birthday party, become the brothers’ unwitting hostages.
Not long after, Mother arrives, along with the boys’ sister LYDIA (Deborah Ann Woll), and it soon becomes clear that Mother will do absolutely anything to protect her children. In one terrifying evening she brilliantly takes control of the situation and masterminds her sons’ escape from the law.
Sides will be taken, secrets revealed, and sins punished as the hostages struggle to make it through the night alive.
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