Universal is developing the horror tale Mama, a debut project from a pair of young filmmakers, and in negotiations to produce the film and mentor the filmmakers is one Guillermo del Toro (Pans Labyrinth, The Orphanage), reports the Risky Business Blog. You can read about the writers and the plot for the project beyond the break.
Andy and Barbara Muschietti are writing the English-language script based on their acclaimed Spanish-language short “Mama,” with Andy directing and Barbara producing. If he climbs aboard, Del Toro would hands-on with the pic in a manner not dissimilar to his work with Juan Antonio Bayona on his “The Orphanage.”
The plotline for the full feature is being kept under wraps, but the short centers on two girls, Victoria and Lily, who are on the run from a ghostly woman who appears to be their mother in a Gothic home not unlike the one used by Bayona in “The Orphanage.”
In one ending to the short (there are in fact two closing sequences), the mother is seemingly vanquished, but one of the girls is turned into a ghoul.
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