Hammer Films, the studio behind this year’s horror hit The Woman in Black, has released a sneak peek at their next foray into the genre: The Quiet Ones. The supernatural thriller is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris (Mad Men) as an unorthodox professor “who uses controversial methods and leads his students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.” The story takes place in the 1970s and also stars Snow White and the Huntsman’s Sam Claflin, who was recently cast as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This sneak peek takes us behind the scenes of the film’s shoot, as various people involved with the film talk about the story, production, and setting. Hit the jump to take a look.
Jared Harris (Mad Men) is set to lead Hammer Films’ supernatural horror-thriller The Quiet Ones. The movie, which is Hammer’s follow-up to the successful The Woman in Black, has Harris playing the unorthodox but charismatic Professor Joseph Coupland, “who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.” Mad Men made me a fan of Harris, and I was disappointed that he was so underutilized in his role as Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I’m glad Hammer has decided to put him in a lead role for a movie that sounds like it could be a fun horror flick.
Hit the jump to check out the press release. Harris will next be seen in theaters in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln.
The Rite director Mikael Hafstrom has lined up his next project. It looks like he’ll soon be helming the thriller Wake for Hammer Films. The screenplay, by Christopher Borelli (Whisper) and Matt Sand (Ninja Assassin) focuses on a sociopath who is incapable of feeling fear. Hammer Films is producing and financing the project. The studio recently produced Let Me In, and was also behind the ghost thriller The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. Hafstrom also directed 1408 starring John Cusack and the Clive Owen-Jennifer Aniston thriller Derailed.
Hammer Films has released two new images from their upcoming ghost thriller The Woman in Black. Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young lawyer on assignment in a remote village: “As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black.”
Ciaran Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer, and Alisa Khazanova also star. Check out the photos as well as the synopsis of the film after the jump:
The Harry Potter films have quite literally seized a decade of his life, but with the saga coming to an end in 2011, Daniel Radcliffe is getting all his ducks in a row for a healthy post-Potter career. Following up on the Shock Till You Drop rumor that kicked off the weekend, Hammer Films has confirmed via press release that Radcliffe will star in director James Watson’s adaptation of the Susan Hill novel The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story. Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) penned the script, which posits Radcliffe as a young lawyer visiting a remote English town which holds many a ghostly secret. Hit the jump for the full press release and further details on the project.
Hammer Films has begun production on its first 3D film, The Woman in Black. Written by Kick-Ass co-writer Jane Goldman (above) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake), the ghost story is an adaptation of Susan Hill’s novella of the same name. Woman in Black is about a young solicitor who goes to settle the estate of a recently deceased elderly widow. However, strange circumstances surrounding the woman’s town and her past lead to a discovery of a horrible legacy. We first reported on the story back in February, but now Variety reports that the film will be in 3D.
Steve spoke with Goldman at WonderCon and she excitedly said she’s interested in tackling the Victorian ghost story with a J-horror (Japanese Horror) perspective. I think that’s a fascinating take on the material and it will be cool to see how Goldman applies a J-horror style to a story that has no connection to Japan or Japanese history.
Before going any further let me be clear: you NEED to see director Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass this weekend. It’s such an awesome movie I hope you just take my word for it and stop watching clips and trailers and see it with a crowd Friday night. I know I’ll be seeing it again this weekend, as it’s one of my favorite films this year. Again, I can’t recommend it enough.
If you read Collider on any sort of regular basis…you know I never say anything like that before an interview.
Anyway, last week at WonderCon I got to sit down with screenwriter Jane Goldman. She told me how she got involved in Kick-Ass, her obsession with Twitter, we talked about how she writes and I got an update on The Woman in Black – the script she’s writing for Hammer Films. Check out the interview after the jump:
by Jonah Posted: March 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am
New Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes recently sat down to chat about the rebirth of classic Horror House Hammer Films with a few online sites. Oakes talked Hammer’s upcoming slate: Let Me In, the remake of critically acclaimed Let the Right One In; The Resident, with a star studded cast including Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Swanks; and Lady In Black based on the classic English novel of the same name. Highlights include discussing what American audiences can expect from Let Me In versus Let the Right One In, why Hammer WON’T be making films that glorify torture, and what the return of Christopher Lee to Hammer (in The Resident) means to Oakes personally. For fans of the genre who long to see it return to what it once was, Oakes offers exciting news, views, and insights into the future of Hammer. It’s a fantastic extended interview that’s definitely worth a read.
To read the full transcript of the interview hit the link.
by David Lane Posted: February 2nd, 2010 at 9:53 am
Hammer Films has sent over a press release announcing they’ve optioned the film rights to Susan Hill’s best selling, ghost story horror novel, The Woman in Black, and will produce a feature film adaptation with Talisman Films. Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass) is writing the screenplay and James Watkins (Eden Lake, Methuselah) will direct. More after the jump: