A couple years back all of us at ScreenAnarchy were absolutely terrified by Mama, a two-shot short film by Spain's Andres Muschietti. That original short is an absolute masterpiece in mood and tension with one hell of a kick at the end and rumors have circled ever since that Muschietti was planning a feature version with help from Guillermo Del Toro in a producer / mentor role. Those rumors are true.
Twitch has learned that Universal International have set an October start date for the feature version of Mama. Muschietti will direct with Guillermo Del Toro among the producers and - here's where it gets really interesting - Tree Of Life and Take Shelter star Jessica Chastain attached in the lead. David Linde and Russell Ackerman round out the producing team.
Obviously the story will be changed some from the original short to stretch the concept out to feature length. We're told in this new version that Chastain's Mama character will be a sort of adoptive mother rather than a literal one, taking care of two little girls abandoned in the woods. Too bad for them she's planning on using them in a bid to bring back her own, already dead, children.