Guillermo del Toro seems to be attached to three billion projects, and more keep revealing themselves every few weeks. This time around, he is helping a small two-shot short film by Andres Muschietti expand into a full-length feature. In addition to del Toro’s involvement, we’re also hearing that Jessica Chastain, who last appeared in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, is attached to play the lead character in the pic. Check out the incredibly tense short film after the jump along with more news regarding the full-length adaptation.
Before moving on, here’s Muschietti’s short film, Mama:
Not only did Twitchfilm scoop the news of del Toro and Chastain’s contributions, they also learned that there would be some key changes in the script as well, writing:
“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.”
Muschietti will still be at the helm of the feature so there is a great opportunity for him to make a splash. As for when production might begin, Universal International have set their sights on October. Joining del Toro in a producing role are David Linde and Russell Ackerman. Del Toro will be at Comic-Con this week in several capacities, and I can imagine this project will be brought up at least once. So, if you dig the short, make sure to check back for updates that might occur during our onslaught of convention coverage.