Universal might be moving forward with a Mama sequel, but the original film’s director isn’t interested in doing a follow-up.
Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, director Andres Muschietti’s impressive horror flick proved to be a modest success at the US box office. Since the film was a hit for the folks at Universal, the studio is interested in piecing together a sequel.
While Mama 2 might seem like a good idea to Universal, Muschietti isn’t particularly thrilled about returning to that particular well for another cinematic go-around. He explained to ScreenCrush that he is more interested in working on new stories than directing a sequel.
The filmmaker explained:
“We sort of wore out the subject matter. I never thought this could continue. Sequels are always tricky. I know how studios think but I don’t see ‘Mama’ as something you can exploit because you’re screwing with the original. I’m really hoping to jump into some other movies right now.”
Regardless of Andres’ involvement with the project, it would appear that the studio is keen on getting a sequel into production as soon as possible. David Kosse, president of international distribution for Universal, said it’s very likely fans will get a Mama sequel at some point in the near future.
Kosse told ScreenDaily:
“We sort of wore out the subject matter…I never thought this could continue. Sequels are always tricky. I know how studios think but I don’t see Mama as something you can exploit because you’re screwing with the original. I’m really hoping to jump into some other movies right now.”
According to Box Office Mojo, Mama made around $68 million at the domestic box office. However, the film picked up around $20 million in foreign markets. Universal explained the film has yet to open in certain territories, so there is still more money to be made prior to its home video release.
Did you enjoy Andres Muschietti’s Mama? Would you watch the sequel?