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'Mama' Sequel in the Works from 'Starry Eyes' Filmmakers (Exclusive)
Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the duo behind 2014 horror movie Starry Eyes, are in final negotiations to rewrite and direct the sequel to Mama, Universal’s surprise 2013 horror hit.
The original movie, directed by Andres Muschetti and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, told a tale of two kids, orphaned and left in the woods for five years, who are taken in by their uncle and aunt. They unwittingly also bring with them an evil force.
Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starred in the movie that grossed $71 million domestically and $75 million internationally on a budget of $15 million.
Scott Bernstein and Russell Ackerman are producing the new pic. Lava Bear also is producing.
Widmyer and Kolsch’s Starry Eyes told of an actress who desperately wants to make it in Hollywood and ends up paying a deadly price for it. The movie was a hit on the festival circuit and generated strong notices for the filmmakers.
Off of that, they rewrote and are attached to direct Exorcism Diaries for Lionsgate label Summit Entertainment. The duo most recently directed a segment for XYZ Films’ horror anthology Holidays.
Widmyer and Kolsch are repped by WME and Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.