Universal Won't Let Mama Rest in Peace
Universal's Mama did pretty damned well at the box office so you know what that means, right, kids? Yep! Sequel talk! So the question beckons: How do you bring the twisted specter back for more? Read on for the early details.
According to Screen Daily Mama grossed $89.2m [$68.2m from the US] with 43 territory openings still to come, including the UK, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Japan, and Italy. Today Universal Pictures’ president of international distribution, David Kosse, admits the prospects of a sequel are good.
“We think there’s potential for a Mama franchise,” he explained. “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.”
Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.
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