Acclaimed Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy (2014) is getting an English-speaking remake. Plans are already in place to begin filming summer of 2019.
It Follows (2015) and It Comes at Night (2017) producer David Kaplan is set to produce Goodnight Mommy, along with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Valery Guibal. Matt Sobel of 2015’s Sundance drama Take Me To The River is confirmed to direct.
The psychological thriller, directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala and produced by Ulrich Seidl, was released in the U.S. after its North American premiere in 2014. Franz and Fiala will both serve as executive producers on the remake.
Kyle Warren, who writes for the television series Lethal Weapon will helm the script.
Goodnight Mommy revolves around 10-year-old twin brothers Elias and Lukas who welcome their mother home after cosmetic surgery, to see her face covered in bandages. On top of her odd new appearance, their mother now demands constant quiet and no sunlight to help with her recovery. While Lukas is thrilled with their mother’s abnormal new attitude and house rules, Elias begins to suspect that this woman underneath all the gauze, while acting like their mother, isn’t really their mother.
In a conversation with Variety, Sobel said of the film,
“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,”
After the original film’s largely favorable reviews from critics and audiences, it’s not too surprising a remake is now in development. Goodnight Mommy will join the ranks of such films as: The Ring (2002), Let Me In (2010), and The Grudge (2004) to get American remakes.
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