In November Hammer Films announced they had their sights set on an adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 ghost story, The Woman in Black. Hammer President and CEO Simon Oakes announced yesterday that everything is official. We already reported that Jane Goldman, who worked on Neil Gaiman's Stardust and most recently the potty-mouthed Kick-Ass, will be writing the screenplay and now the film has a director. James Watkins (Eden Lake, Methuselah) will be directing the classic, Gothic tale that takes place in a small English town.
Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, is ordered to travel to a remote village to take care of a recently deceased client's papers. He works alone in the client's isolated house and begins to uncover tragic secrets, leading to the sighting a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are hush-hush about things, forcing Kipps to investigate solo--racing to desperately learn the true identity of the mysterious woman.
It was originally reported that The Woman in Black would be released in 3D, but nothing was confirmed in Hammer's recent announcement. I don't normally equate British ghost stories with 3D technology (under Hammer's name even!) but stranger things have happened. As a huge fan of Gothic horror, I'm looking forward to seeing this one on the big screen. It feels like a great throwback to the heyday of iconic Hammer horror films.