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Hammer plans to turn The Woman in Black into a horror franchise

06.18.2012

Hammer horror returned with THE WOMAN IN BLACK and made over $100 million worldwide which for most films would not guarantee a sequel. However, the movie became the highest grossing British horror film in twenty years.

Hammer’s CEO Simon Oakes revealed at a recent screening of the film that a sequel has been officially greenlit and he provided this tidbit: "We are working on not a sequel but a continuation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Susan Hill wrote an outline story about what happened 40 years later to the woman in Woman in Black and the house and all of that. It’s completely different. It’s completely different. Obviously with a different story and cast."

It could be assumed that the box office draw for THE WOMAN IN BLACK was Daniel Radcliffe rather than the movie itself, so taking him out of the mix may not work out too well. Having seen the film, I thought it was pretty good but never thought a sequel was necessary. Then again, sequels rarely are.

Hammer has also officially released a synopsis for the sequel: Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh House has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients, but soon realises she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.

Horror franchises tend to dwell in the direct-to-home arena and are almost never as good as the original. Since their return, Hammer has been trying to select their films carefully, so I hope they keep the quality of their output up.

Are you interested in seeing more of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, sans Daniel Radcliffe?

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Source: Bleeding Cool

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6:17PM on 06/18/2012
Like you mentioned, sequels are rarely warranted. I feel very strongly about this case here. How long can they show the exact same thing over and over again about some guy in a house. But then look at the Saw series. Good luck to them, but I won't be seeing this. I wasn't really a fan of the first one.
Like you mentioned, sequels are rarely warranted. I feel very strongly about this case here. How long can they show the exact same thing over and over again about some guy in a house. But then look at the Saw series. Good luck to them, but I won't be seeing this. I wasn't really a fan of the first one.
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6:29PM on 06/18/2012

The first one was good

but kind of crapped out in the last 20 minutes or so. Certain characters made some huge leaps in logic that really irked me, but overall it was decent and my girlfriend got freaked out which is always fun. So I say bring on more, worse case scenario it sucks and we move on. If it's made by Hammer I'll at least give it a try.
(WE NEED MORE GOOD HORROR, WERE HAVE ALL THE HITCHCOCK'S, BAVA'S, and FULCI'S GONE??)
but kind of crapped out in the last 20 minutes or so. Certain characters made some huge leaps in logic that really irked me, but overall it was decent and my girlfriend got freaked out which is always fun. So I say bring on more, worse case scenario it sucks and we move on. If it's made by Hammer I'll at least give it a try.
(WE NEED MORE GOOD HORROR, WERE HAVE ALL THE HITCHCOCK'S, BAVA'S, and FULCI'S GONE??)
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9:52PM on 06/18/2012

This will quickly

become Grudge 2/3/4, The Ring 2/3/4.
become Grudge 2/3/4, The Ring 2/3/4.
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5:54PM on 06/19/2012
100% agreed...
100% agreed...
3:20AM on 06/19/2012
Without Radcliffe this will make no money. Surely they have the sense to see that before stumping up the cash for a sequel?
Without Radcliffe this will make no money. Surely they have the sense to see that before stumping up the cash for a sequel?
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6:48AM on 06/19/2012

Put Emma Watson in as the lead girl..

OK that line started as a joke, but the more I thought about it...
OK that line started as a joke, but the more I thought about it...
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5:54PM on 06/19/2012
Dumb, dumb, dumb....I actually just watched "The Woman in Black" for the first time recently and I thought it was such a well done old-school ghost story. Watching, It, I felt like I do when I read old stories by Poe or Lovecraft. I doubt they're gonna try to recreate that and it will end up being the same old hack horror crap we've already seen a million times at this point....
Dumb, dumb, dumb....I actually just watched "The Woman in Black" for the first time recently and I thought it was such a well done old-school ghost story. Watching, It, I felt like I do when I read old stories by Poe or Lovecraft. I doubt they're gonna try to recreate that and it will end up being the same old hack horror crap we've already seen a million times at this point....
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