Daniel Radcliffe stepped out of the Harry Potter shadow early this year in the British horror drama The Woman in Black, and the pic was a considerable success, grossing over $120 million worldwide and becoming the highest grossing British horror film of the past two decades. Given its box office take, it’s no surprise that a sequel is now moving forward. Hammer, Alliance Films, Cross Creek Pictures and author Susan Hill are teaming up for The Woman in Black: Angels of Death. The film will be set 40 years after the events of the first film, and will follow a new couple’s experience in the same eerie house.
The first film’s screenwriter, Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), sadly won’t be returning, so Hill will be handling scripting duties this time around. Radcliffe won’t be coming back either. I didn’t catch the film, so I’m not sure if this is good news or bad news; I heard both good and bad things about the pic from trusty friends so I guess I’m gonna have to see for myself. Nevertheless, its refreshing to see a horror franchise that doesn’t rely on gallons of blood or camera gimmicks to sell tickets. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
‘THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGELS OF DEATH’ MARKS NEXT INSTALLMENT IN HAMMER’S ‘THE WOMAN IN BLACK’ SERIES
Hammer, Alliance Films, and Cross Creek Pictures re-team with acclaimed author Susan Hill on follow-up to The Woman In Black
2nd April 2012: Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, announced today that Hammer and Talisman are in development on Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, a new film which continues the story of The Woman in Black 40 years on.
The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) has become the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, grossing over $33 million in the UK and recently crossing the $120 million box office mark worldwide.
Screenwriter Jon Crocker (Desert Dancer) is now developing the screenplay for the next instalment in the series, The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, based on an original story by Hill, under development for the past few years and now complete.
The Woman in Black was set in the early 1900’s and based on the tale of a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK, to sort out the papers of a recently deceased client. In the eerie setting of Eel Marsh House he discovers the vengeful ghost of The Woman in Black. This next instalment, The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, will continue this story four decades later and focus on the concept of a couple and the experience they have when they encounter the haunted setting of Eel Marsh House.
The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death will be brought to the big screen by the same production team behind The Woman In Black. The Film will be produced by Exclusive Media, Talisman, Cross Creek Pictures and Alliance Films, in addition to Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, who will serve as Executive Producer.
Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer Films said: “We are proud and honoured to be working with Susan again on The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor The Woman in Black.”
Nigel Sinclair Co-Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Media added: “It’s thrilling to be able to work with someone of Susan’s literary calibre on such a fascinating project. It’s also fantastic to have Jon on board again to help bring this new story to life on the big screen.”