Hammer Films Options Rights to Famous Horror Novel THE WOMAN IN BLACK; Jane Goldman to Write Screenplay and James Watkins to Direct

     February 2, 2010

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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:

According to Hammer Films:

The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. 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. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

While folks in America or the rest of the world might not be familiar with the novel, it was adapted into a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt, first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough, UK in 1987. It moved to the Fortune Theatre in London’s West End in 1989, where it still successfully runs today, over twenty years later, and has been performed the world over.

No word on budget or when the film might get in front of cameras, but with Goldman just getting announced as the screenwriter, it’s probably going to be awhile.

With the buzz on Kick-Ass running at a fever pitch, it’s great to see Jane Goldman landing another gig.  Also, I’m a big fan of Stardust, even though it didn’t exactly light up the box office.

More as we get it.

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