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Woman In Black Sequel Gets Greenlight
Susan Hill and Hammer to reteam

02 April 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Woman In Black Sequel Gets Greenlight

With Hammer's The Woman In Black taking enough at the box office to buy herself a Milan season's worth of widow's weeds, it's no surprise that the iconic British studio has set to work on a sequel to the Edwardian scarefest. 

The Woman In Black did astonishing business in cinemas, taking $112m worldwide to date. It scared the bejeepers out of a phalanx of UK moviegoers (cinema takings here are £20m and counting) and exceeded expectations overseas too. It's the kind of rapturous reception Hammer will be hoping The Woman In Black: Angels Of Death will able to rekindle.

The setting, Eel Marsh House, will remain, but the time period shifts forward 40 years - presumably into the war years, or just after - with a couple moving into the haunted house and encountering all kinds of spectral goings-on. Fooooools! *Insert evil chuckle here*

A new writer - Jon Croker - has penned the script and Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes is promising a follow-up that'll pack in all the scares of The Woman In Black: "It's a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor. We're proud to be working with Susan Hill again."

So can this written-for-the-screen version capture the spooks of the Daniel Radcliffe / James Watkins / Jane Goldman version? With those 'angels' referenced in the title, would we be right in thinking that the young victims of the back story may have a role to play, or will the Nazgul be popping by for their holidays? Watch this space for more. Radcliffe, presumably, will not be returning - so who would you like to see in his place?

 

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SCARLIN
Oh come on Scarlin. They wern't cashins? Really. None of thoese sequels to Dracula & Frankenstein (which as novels were to quote Revstar completed storys with nowhere to go). Are you really telling me that The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Dracula AD were not shameless cashins? More

Posted by Battan9000 at 18:32 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The only shred of dignity this sequel has
L: Spaldron Strange, I didn't know the book had a sequel oh wait it doesn't. /shamelesschashin ctually there was a sequel. It was called 'The Woman in Black 2: The Bitch is Back' More

Posted by ED-209 at 13:10 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

Eurgh. Bad idea. It is a complete, and completed story. There is nowhere for it to go. More

Posted by Revstar at 12:54 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

Battan
The Hammer sequels you mention were never made just to make money. If you think that then you clearly don't know or understand Hammer. This however is just blatant. More

Posted by scarlin at 12:44 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The only shred of dignity this sequel has
Strange, I didn't know the book had a sequel oh wait it doesn't. /shamelesschashin More

Posted by Spaldron at 02:45 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The only shred of dignity this sequel has
well, she was moaning recently that she made no money out of WIB. The Woman in Black did well because it was different to most horror releases so it appealed to a wider crowd and it had Daniel Radcliffe. He did a very good job in the film and an even better one of getting out there and promoting it. Perhaps this sequel will try to repeat the same success by attaching actors that will draw a crowd in? But it seems unlikely. More

Posted by missphoenix at 22:11 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

What are you people on about?
Lost respect for Hammer because of their making a cynical and shameless cash in? Erm hello? Thats what they were always about. How many Dracula and Frankenstin sequels were three? And Twins of Evil a lesbian vampire booby movie. All shameless cashins and all to a greater or lesser extent brilliant More

Posted by Battan9000 at 21:06 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The only shred of dignity this sequel has
L: criffle is the fact Susan Hill herself is involved. hing is though, she's had 30 years to come up with a sequel to The Woman in Black, yet it takes a wad of cash at the movie box office to do it? Can't help thinking she's being a bit of sell out there. More

Posted by Super Hans at 19:34 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

I've lost all respect for Hammer too...
Because they've never been a company to capitalise on success by green lighting sequels... Jesus! More

Posted by Murray_Futterman at 19:17 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Not interested
I only saw WIB because of Dan and I've pre-ordered the dvd. I have no interest whatsoever in this attempt to recreate the certain set of ingredients which made this film so successful - changing the recipe doesn't mean you end up with the same cake. More

Posted by patmargali at 16:57 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Not interested
I only saw WIB because of Dan and I've pre-ordered the dvd. I have no interest whatsoever in this attempt to recreate the certain set of ingredients which made this film so successful - changing the recipe doesn't mean you end up with the same cake. More

Posted by patmargali at 16:56 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

The only shred of dignity this sequel has
is the fact Susan Hill herself is involved. More

Posted by criffle at 16:34 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

Cash in
What a cynical and shameless cash in. Treating the audience as punters to be fleeced. I'm sure it will make money, but 'Hammer' will lose respect for this. So all the talk from Hammer about it's legacy and passion for horror is pure rot, it's just about making money. Well you won't be getting mine. More

Posted by scarlin at 14:25 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

L.O.L.
Uh, hello?? Why did it do such good business???? Yes, it was a good story and scary and entertaining. But it made money because the majority of the audience went to see Dan Radcliffe! Honestly Hammer, wake up and smell the gillyweed! More

Posted by Halfling at 14:08 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

And with that, I lose all respect for Hammer's spirited resurgance...
...and I watched all of The Resident. For the love of God, leave it alone. Actually no don't, because The Grudge 2, The Ring 2, Hostel 2 and The Descent 2 all did massively well, didn't they? Without the involvement of Goldman, Hopkins, and yes, Radcliffe, this will be a shit sandwich. A straight-to-DVD shit sandwich, of course. More

Posted by loafroaster at 13:33 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

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