The revival of Hammer Films, the UK studio that made gothic horror a hit in the 1970s, has been a tad uneven, but with hits like Let Me In (a remake of Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In) and this year's The Woman in Black (starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe) things may be on solid ground for the company from here on out. Hammer looked to Susan Hill's haunting 1983 novel to bring us the recent supernatural chiller that found a young lawyer (Radcliffe) in a remote village to sort out his deceased client's papers. Soon he is forced to contend with the ghostly Woman in Black.
Deadline reports that Hammer, Alliance Films, Cross Creek Pictures, and novelist Susan Hill will be reuniting for a sequel to the eerie film, currently being called The Woman in Black: Angels of Death. "The story will continue the tale of the character created by Hill, 40 years later," Deadline shares — focusing on a couple and their mysterious experiences with the spooky estate. Hill's new story is one that has been in development for the past few years and is finally complete, according to THR. Screenwriter Jon Crocker will be bringing it to life for audiences.
The first film, directed by James Watkins, became the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, taking home over $33 million in the UK and more than $120 million worldwide. Those numbers were certainly helped by Radclife's star power and loyal fanbase, which means casting may be crucial for another winner. No word yet on who is returning for part two, but stay tuned for more on the new atmospheric terror tale as we get it.