Hammer scored a huge hit with The Woman In Black, which has taken over £20 million in the UK to become the highest grossing horror-thriller of the last 20 years in Britain. Having crossed $120 million worldwide, it’s perhaps not surprisingly Hammer would like to make a follow-up.
They’ve now announced that Hammer and Talisman are developing Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death for the big screen, a new film which continues the story of The Woman in Black 40 years on. Screenwriter Jon Crocker (Desert Dancer) is working on the screenplay, which is based on an original story by Hill, which has been under development for the past few years and is now complete.
The Woman in Black is set in the early 1900’s and follows a young lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe) 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.
It sounds like Radcliffe is unlikely to be needed if this is set decades on, unless Hill has found a way around this (although his character could be involved). There’s no news either whether Jame Watkins will direct, although Hammer does say The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death will be brought to the big screen by the same production team behind first film.