‘Mama’ Sequel Coming from ‘Starry Eyes’ Directors


A sequel to 2013 horror hit Mama is on the way, and Universal looks to have found their helmers.

THR is reporting that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the writers and directors behind last year’s Starry Eyes, have entered final negotiations with the studio to pen and direct a Mama sequel.

Russell Ackerman and Scott Bernsteins (Straight Outta Compton) are on board as producers.

Guillermo del Toro executive produced the first film, which came to life as a result of a successful short film from writer-director Andrés Muschietti. Mama told the story of two children left behind in the woods for five years. They are eventually found and taken in by their uncle and aunt, but the new guardians soon discover one unsettling fact: these kids haven’t been alone.

It isn’t known whether the sequel will continue the plot set up in the original film or simply use the concept as the basis for a new story.

Mama was quite the successful horror entry, bringing in over $146 million worldwide on an estimated budget of $15 million.

Before Widmyer and Kolsch take the helm of a Mama sequel, we’ll see a segment they directed for horror anthology pic Holidays. The duo are also attached to write and direct Exorcism Diaries for Summit Entertainment, although there’s no word when that one will enter production.