November 23: Scripters talk Argento’s MOTHER OF TEARS
As we first reported here, genre screenwriters Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson (of Tobe Hooper’s TOOLBOX MURDERS, CROCODILE and upcoming MORTUARY) have been tapped by director Dario Argento (pictured) to pen the final film of the Three Mothers trilogy that began with SUSPIRIA and INFERNO. Speaking exclusively to Fango, the duo further reveal that the project, previously reported to be titled THE THIRD MOTHER, is in fact called MATER LACHRYMARUM (Latin for THE MOTHER OF TEARS).
“We just returned from three weeks in Rome writing the first draft of the film, based on Dario’s original story,” reports Anderson, who goes on to explain how she and Gierasch became involved with the project: “We met Dario—as fans!—while he was in Los Angeles editing his MASTERS OF HORROR episode JENIFER. After speaking with Dario, he was interested in reading one of our scripts—and after he did, he asked us if we would like to do a treatment of MATER LACHRYMARUM! His brother Claudio then asked us to come to Rome. It was intense! Dario is such a sweet man. It was wonderful!”
Mirroring Anderson’s enthusiasm, Gierasch says, “Dario is the most amazing director, period, regardless of genre.”
“So we spent our time working with Dario [on the script] in Rome,” Anderson continues. “It was important for him that we do it there. He wanted us to soak up the atmosphere, the catacombs, etc., since the film will be shot exclusively there.”
Regarding the subject matter of MATER LACHRYMARUM, Gierasch doesn’t reveal plot particulars, but does promise, “It’s fast-paced, and more violent than you can shake a stick at! This is a horror movie, plain and simple. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of murders! It really wraps up the trilogy, but is quite different from the first two. Dario didn’t want to do the same thing again.
“I think it’s really going to be the movie that everyone is hoping for,” Gierasch concludes. “It’s a ‘wow’ kind of film, from the very first scene.” —Sean Decker
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