Universal is developing the horror tale Mama, a debut project from a pair of young filmmakers, and in negotiations to produce the film and mentor the filmmakers is one Guillermo del Toro.

Andy and Barbara Muschietti are writing the English-language script based on their acclaimed Spanish-language short Mama, with Andy directing and Barbara producing. If he climbs aboard, Del Toro would hands-on with the pic in a manner not dissimilar to his work with Juan Antonio Bayona on his The Orphanage.

The Muschietti siblings — Andy has made a name for himself as a commercials director while Barbara runs the pair’s Madrid-based production company Toma Films — created a stir with their short at a number of European festivals.

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