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Hammer Films does Jack the Ripper flick Gaslight

02.08.2012
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Hammer Films is back in full force, fresh from its box office success with THE WOMAN IN BLACK last weekend. The Daniel Radcliffe vehicle took in a massive $21 million at the box office, ensuring that the revived British studio will be pushing on with bigger productions.

Today they announced that they've acquired the rights to GASLIGHT, a screenplay by Ian Fried (THE EVER AFTER MURDERS). The film made the 2011 Black List and was described as FROM HELL meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS... because it has Jack the Ripper helping the cops. Not sure how that makes any sense whatsoever, because barring the fact that the Ripper murders are some of of the greatest unsolved crimes in history, "Jack" used to taunt the police with messages. But in this world, he's been caught. 

Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share one thing in common: dual puncture wounds to the neck.

So... Jack the Ripper vs Vampires?

Fried is on a helluva role now, having sold two big scripts already for the "dark GHOSTBUSTERS film" SPECTRAL and THE EVER AFTER MURDERS. More on GASLIGHT as we hear it.

Source: Hammer Films

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5:24PM on 02/09/2012

Interesting...

Could be good - could be lame
Could be good - could be lame
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10:20AM on 02/09/2012
It sounds pretty daft. But, having said that, a brief description of Hammer's 'Hands of the Ripper' would sound pretty daft, too, but it's a thoroughly entertaining Hammer film.
So count me on the fence, but with my fingers crossed that the movie turns out to be a good one. Hopefully the new Hammer can live up to the illustrious name.
It sounds pretty daft. But, having said that, a brief description of Hammer's 'Hands of the Ripper' would sound pretty daft, too, but it's a thoroughly entertaining Hammer film.
So count me on the fence, but with my fingers crossed that the movie turns out to be a good one. Hopefully the new Hammer can live up to the illustrious name.
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2:55AM on 02/09/2012

sounds like a pretty cool Idea

i misread that last title as "The Ever After Muppets" though... I had to go green after that!!!!!
i misread that last title as "The Ever After Muppets" though... I had to go green after that!!!!!
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6:32PM on 02/08/2012
Make Gotham by Gaslight instead...
Make Gotham by Gaslight instead...
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6:17PM on 02/08/2012
I'm really glad to see Hammer back in the swing of things. One of my favorite DVD sets I ever ended up getting was a compilation of 15 or so Hammer films from the 70's and there was just such a style to them. It would be great to see them come back and get the same brand recognition they had at that time. Simple horror where you usually freak yourself out more than the cheesy gags which are used all too often today in horror.
I'm really glad to see Hammer back in the swing of things. One of my favorite DVD sets I ever ended up getting was a compilation of 15 or so Hammer films from the 70's and there was just such a style to them. It would be great to see them come back and get the same brand recognition they had at that time. Simple horror where you usually freak yourself out more than the cheesy gags which are used all too often today in horror.
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5:36PM on 02/08/2012

I'm in!

Sounds like Sherlock Holmes meets Dexter- gotta love a good, simple Hammer logline. :D
Sounds like Sherlock Holmes meets Dexter- gotta love a good, simple Hammer logline. :D
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9:40PM on 02/08/2012
Simple? Simple just shit itself.
Simple? Simple just shit itself.
5:15PM on 02/08/2012
Its fantastic to know Hammer are back and hopefully making good movies not having seen The Woman In Black yet.
Its fantastic to know Hammer are back and hopefully making good movies not having seen The Woman In Black yet.
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