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More familial cannibal terror as “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” spawns prequel and sequel

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As Jim Mickle’s fantastic reimagining of the also fantastic Mexican horror film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is about to make its Cannes debut, sales are underway for two films proposed to bookend that one, one of which brings original director Jorge Michel Grau back to the series.

Screen Daily is reporting Memento Films International has launched sales on a prequel to Mickle’s new take—which sees the Catskills-living Parker family struggle through an ancient, horrific tradition as a torrential storm and the death of their matriarch threaten status quo—titled WHAT WE WERE, as well as a sequel that will be helmed by Grau.

Actor and co-writer of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE and STAKE LAND Nick Damici will pen the prequel script, to be directed by Finnish filmmaker AJ Annila (the striking, slightly baffling SAUNA). WHAT WE WERE will follow the love story between the mother and father, Frank and Emma Parker, and how Frank first introduced his sweetheart to cannibalism.

“I’m honoured and very excited to dive into the world of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE and surface with another setting that’s as unique and disturbing as its relatives. A dark, bittersweet love story with real characters, raw emotions, and culinary eye candy,” said Annila.

Both films are expected to shoot in 2014, with Grau currently developing a treatment for the follow-up. For more, see our review of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE from Sundance.

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