Goodnight Mommy, an Austrian horror film originally released to the US in 2015, is set to begin filming an English-language remake in the 3rd quarter of 2019.
The film was highly popular upon its release and seemed to garner as many haters as it did proponents, much like any critically-successful horror movie of the past decade. With a critical score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the only surprise here is that the remake didn’t come even sooner.
Matt Sobel (Take Me to the River) will direct the film from a script that he is currently co-writing with Kyle Warren. The script is a reimagining of the original film.
David Kaplan will produce. Kaplan has previously served as producer on both It Follows and It Comes at Night. Both of these films were critical successes. He will produce on behalf of Animal Kingdom. Joining him as producer will be Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Valery Guibal from Playtime.
Speaking about the remake, Sobel had this to say:
“My favorite films are those that invite the audience to step inside their protagonist’s journey. Whether fear of abandonment, or the dreadful realization that those closest to us may not be who they seem, our re-imagining of Goodnight Mommy aims to create an immersive nightmare, with visceral sensations front and center.”
Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, who co-directed the 2014 film as well as writing the screenplay, will serve as executive producers on the remake.
Goodnight Mommy was a film filled with mystery and atmosphere, drenched in suspense and a sense of impending doom. Here’s to hoping that the remake is able to capture what made the original so special for so many viewers.
In Goodnight Mommy:
Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.