Warning! Only those with stout nerves and strong hearts should venture any further: Hammer is developing a re-imagining of their 1957 film, The Abominable Snowman. The original starred Forrest Tucker and Peter Cushing as two scientists in search of the legendary Yeti. In the modern rediscovery of the myth, scripted by Matthew Read (Pusher) and Jon Croker (The Woman in Black: Angel of Death), a scientific expedition’s illegal ascent up an unclimbed peak of one of the World’s most formidable mountains accidentally awakens an ancient creature that could spell a certain end for them all.
Hit the jump for more, including the original trailer for the 1957 film.
Watch the original trailer for The Abominable Snowman below, followed by the official press release from Hammer:
HAMMER TO RE-ENVISION THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
London – 21st November, 2013: President & CEO of Hammer and Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media, Simon Oakes, announced today that Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, will produce a new version of The Abominable Snowman. The project is being developed by Hammer in association with Ben Holden (The Quiet Ones, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death).
In this modern take on the Yeti myth, a scientific expedition’s illegal ascent up an unclimbed peak of one of the World’s most formidable mountains accidentally awakens an ancient creature that could spell a certain end for them all.
The original screenplay by Matthew Read (Pusher, Hammer of the Gods) and Jon Croker (The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, Desert Dancer) will put a modern twist on the 1957 iconic original film from Hammer’s extensive canon of work. The project marks a continuation of Hammer’s ongoing campaign to maintain their heritage of producing enduring British horror films which are original, current and relevant for modern audiences, following on from The Woman in Black which became the most successful British horror film of all time.
Simon Oakes said of the project: “The success of Let Me In and The Woman In Black has shown that there is an appetite for quality horror films so it is exciting to draw on Hammer’s unparalleled source material in this genre which can be reimagined and updated for a new audience”.
Ben Holden is currently collaborating with Hammer on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is in production in the UK now.