Universal Considering Turning 'Mama' into a New Horror Franchise
Another day, another horror franchise. After raking in nearly $90 million at the worldwide box office (with 43 more territories yet to receive the film), easily earning back the modest $15 million budget, the Universal horror film Mama from producer Guillermo del Toro may have just kicked off a franchise. Screen Daily has word that the studio is having very early conversations about creating a franchise from the feature film, which itself was an adaptation of Andrés Muschietti's original short film (watch it right here). Universal Pictures’ president of international production David Kosse says, "We’d like to do another one." Read on!
He says, "We think there’s potential for a Mama franchise. But those conversations are in the early stages." However, if Universal does move forward on a sequel to the film, which has yet to open for big international audiences like the UK, Germany, France, Japan and Australia, they might be moving forward without director Andrés Muschietti. Back before the film was released, he spoke with ScreenCrush about the possibility of more from Mama and he said:
"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."
And the director is right on the money. Mama is an original, twisted fairytale of a horror film that doesn't need to continue. It was interesting because of the isolated story of these two girls affected so deeply by a ghost who helped them survive, and it ended with a fine resolution. We don't need to see anymore from this ghost story, and not everything that's successful needs to be double dipped. What do you think?