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It seems like just yesterday, we were rolling into the new year and -produced Mama was just about to be released in theaters. Fast-forward five months later and the horror film, starring and , will be making it's Blu-ray and DVD debut today.

The folks over at recently sat down with director Andy Muschietti and co-writer Barbara Muschietti to discuss some of the inspirations for the film, and whether we might see a Mama 2.

A cheetah apparently gave them an idea on how to turn their brilliant short film into a full-length feature. Okay, what:

We weren't thinking of expanding it when we shot it. The short was just a single idea, a sequence. There was no purpose other than an exercise of style. Because at that time we were writing a different movie called 'The Yearning' that was visually in the style of that short. So the intention was to use it as a supporting piece for that movie, but then people started to ask us what the story behind it was. 'Why are the girls running from Mama? Is it a ghost, is it a zombie?' So it had more of an intriguing effect than we thought.

So when we started stretching out the story there was an idea that I got from watching a National Geographic documentary that featured a cheetah eating a monkey. And as the cheetah is eating the monkey, the monkey gives birth. And instead of eating the baby monkey, the cheetah starts taking care of it. And I watched that in the week we were trying to crack the story, so it was very helpful.

They also spoke a bit about the role del Toro played, and whether he got involved or was just there to shield them a bit from studio interference:

I think he did a little bit of both. He's extremely respectful. He made it very easy for us to go into our first movie. He's always saying he's the kind of producer he would like to have. And that's what he did, he gave us the freedom we needed and shielded us in quite a few circumstances. He is the best godfather you could have.

And hey, about that controversial ending...

I don't think we were prepared for that reaction. At the end, it's inevitable to unmask her and reveal her motivations. But I'm extremely happy with the debate around the ending. It's a bittersweet ending. It's memorable, it's not just a happy ending.

Lastly, in a sequel-heavy world, do they see that happening?

My instinct as a director doesn't push me towards a sequel, but we are having conversations with the studio because a sequel might happen. I'm more driven to a prequel maybe, maybe something that tells the story of what happened before. There's 150 years of Mama roaming the woods, looking for her baby. There's this house, why was it abandoned? What happened to the family? It would be fun to explore that. Anything's possible.

Frankly, there's a lot more to work with in regard to a prequel than a sequel, but with a director leaning toward the former and a studio pushing for the latter, it will be interesting to see what comes of this, if anything at all. [[follow]] and we'll keep you updated on any news.


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