English-Language Remake of ‘Goodnight Mommy’ In The Works

by Sean McLaughlin

Underground Austrian hit Goodnight Mommy will soon undergo the English-language treatment.  According to Deadline, the 2014 psychological thriller with the supernatural twist will be remade in English and co-produced by studios Animal Kingdom and Playtime.  Matt Sobel (2015’s critically-acclaimed Take Me To The River) has been attached to direct.

Goodnight Mommy focuses on two twin brothers who must deal with their mother and her heavily-bandaged face as a result of a recent plastic surgery procedure.  As they interact more and more, it becomes clear to one of the twins that underneath the mask of gauze lies someone other than their mother.  The film won critical applause after its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and continued to win over audiences worldwide as distribution spread.  It was directed by the German team of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, who would go on to work with Universal for another of their projects (entitled The Fortress) shortly afterwards.  Franz and Fiala will be involved in the remake of Goodnight Mommy as executive producers.

Joining Sobel in creating the remake will be Kyle Warren.  Sobel and Warren will be co-writing the English adaptation based on the original movie, with both offering somewhat of a fresh take.  The new film will be produced by David Kaplan (It Follows), along with Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Valery Guibal.  Brigaud-Robert and Guibal also produced the upcoming Hungarian-French film Sunset together.  According to Sobel, this film will aim to offer an even darker version than the original. “My favorite films are those that invite the audience to step inside their protagonist’s journey,” he says. “Goodnight Mommy aims to create an immersive nightmare, with visceral sensations front and center.”

While no other casting news for the English-language remake of Goodnight Mommy have yet been announced, filming is tentatively scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2019.

Stay tuned for more news on this upcoming remake as it becomes available!

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