Magazine article Screen International

AJ Annila Signs We Are What We Are Prequel

Magazine article Screen International

AJ Annila Signs We Are What We Are Prequel

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EXCLUSIVE: AJ Annila's prequel to shoot in 2014.

Memento Films International (MFI) has launched sales on a prequel and a sequel to Jim Mickle's We Are What We Are [pictured] ahead of the picture's international premiere in Directors' Fortnight next week.

Finnish filmmaker AJ Annila, best known for genre pictures Sauna and Jade Warrior, has signed to direct the prequel What We Were. It will be his first English-language film.

Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau, who made the original film Somo Lo Que Hay, has agreed to do the sequel. He is currently developing a treatment for a 2014 shoot.

"Jim's film blew my mind. It's exactly the kind of character driven genre film that I am drawn to," said Annila, referring to Mickle's picture about the Parker cannibal clan living in a remote New York State Catskills.

The prequel will follows 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. …

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