‘Mother Land’: Director Mark Romanek To Make Long-Awaited Return With Family Horror Film

Mark Romanek directed two tremendous films early in his career: the Robin Williams domestic horror One Hour Photo, followed by 2010’s stirring sci-fi drama Never Let Me Go. Then…he simply vanished, at least from feature film work.The notoriously selective filmmaker is finally set to make his return with Mother Land, and it’s another horror that we can expect Romanek’s sensibilities to elevate greatly.

According to Deadline, Mother Land “deals with a family that has been haunted by an evil spirit for years. Their safety and their surroundings come into question when one of the children questions if the evil is real.” The script is by Kevin Coughlin & Ryan Grassby (Mean Dreams), with Shawn Levy on board as a producer.

This has been a long time coming. Romanek is a renowned music video director, taking on projects for Jay-Z, U2, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and many more. In 2010 he was close to directing Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman, but dropped out due to creative differences. He also directed the pilot episode and was exec-producer on Amazon’s Tales from the Loop series. Again, Romanek is very picky so there must be something about Mother Land that has attracted his attention, and that is enough to get excited about.

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