Hammer’s The Woman In Black series is giving another sophomore helmer a shot. Tom Harper, who’ll direct follow-up Angel Of Death, has mostly worked in UK TV with 2009′s The Scouting Book For Boys his only feature. Before James Watkins directed this year’s $130M-grossing Daniel Radcliffe-starrer Woman In Black, he had only one feature under his belt, too. Angel Of Death has yet to cast but will reunite the entire production team from the original. The new film is set 40 years after Woman In Black during World War II, when the government has seized the eerie Eel Marsh House and a group of evacuated children arrive to awaken its scary tenant. Exclusive Media, Talisman, Cross Creek Pictures and Alliance Films are producing and Roy Lee of Vertigo is exec producing.
There’s more life in hit horror pic The Woman In Black. Hammer, Alliance Films and Cross Creek Pictures are teaming with Woman In Black author Susan Hill on The Woman In Black: Angels Of Death. The story will continue the tale of the character created by Hill, 40 years later. Jon Croker, who worked as a story editor on the first film, has been tapped to pen the next installment which is being developed by Hammer and Talisman Productions and produced by Hammer parent company Exclusive Media, Talisman, Cross Creek and Alliance. Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment is executive producing. The first film, set in the early 1900s, starred Daniel Radcliffe as a young lawyer sent to a remote corner of the UK to sort out the papers of a recently deceased client. At Eel Marsh House, he discovers the vengeful ghost of The Woman in Black. The new picture will focus on a couple and the experience they have when they encounter the same eerie house. Director and cast have yet to be announced. Alliance’s UK distribution arm Momentum Pictures released The Woman In Black earlier this year with the film taking $33 million at the local box office and becoming the highest grossing British horror film of the past 2 decades. It recently crossed the $120 million box office mark worldwide.
A new, more tightly edited trailer for The Woman In Black doesn’t skimp on the chills in store for Daniel Radcliffe when he travels to an isolated village to settle a deceased client’s affairs. James Watkins directs from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class, Stardust) adapted from Susan Hill’s novel. Janet McTeer also stars in the CBS Films release slated to open February 3.
Harry Potter not creepy enough? In this thriller based on a novel by Susan Hill adapted by Jane Goldman (among the credited scribes on Kick-Ass, The Debt and X-Men: First Class) Daniel Radcliffe plays a solicitor who treks to an isolated village to settle a deceased client’s affairs. Bad things happen when the title character materializes in an upper window of the goosebump-inducing mansion. Janet McTeer also stars in the CBS Films release slated to open February 3.
CBS Films’ The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe as a lawyer who travels to a remote English village and discovers that the ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals, opens Feb. 3. James Watkins directed a script by X-Men: First Class scribe Jane Goldman. Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer co-star in the horror thriller, a remake of a 1989 TV movie that was adapted from a play that was adapted from Susan Hill’s novel.
Fox Searchlight has changed the release date of its Alexander Payne-directed The Descendants. The comedic drama starring George Clooney and Judy Greer was slated for limited release Dec. 16, 2011 but has been moved up to Nov. 23. That gets the pic away from Warner Bros’ new Sherlock Holmes movie but also the Weinstein Co’s Meryl Streep-starrer The Iron Lady, which could be seeking the same audience. Now Descendants‘ toughest direct competition on the new date might be another Weinstein pic, the Cannes hit The Artist. On Wednesday, Paramount moved Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol from Dec. 16 to Dec. 21.
Also, CBS Films has shifted the date on The Woman in Black from Jan. 20, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2012. The thriller stars Daniel Radcliffe as a lawyer who travels to a remote village and discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black, the gothic horror thriller that stars Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer and Shaun Dooley. I’m still pulling together the facts on this one, but I’m told that CBS Films moved aggressively to beat out bidders that included Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media.
It becomes the third acquisition deal for the increasingly aggressive CBS Films, following The Mechanic and Gambit, the Michael Hoffman-directed film that began production today with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz starring.
Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who travels to a remote village, where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman who is terrifying the locals. James Watkins directed a script by X-Men: First Class scribe Jane Goldman. The film is based on a 1983 novel by Susan Hill that was previously turned into a hit stage play and 1989 miniseries.
Daniel Radcliffe isn’t waiting to take his final Harry Potter bows to extend his career into adulthood. Saw him on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and he is quite good onstage. Now, Momentum Films and Exclusive Media Group’s Hammer has released a teaser trailer for Radcliffe’s first post-Potter feature, The Woman In Black. Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who travels to a mysterious house to settle the affairs of the spooky mansion’s owner. The film is eyeing a February 2012 release.
EXCLUSIVE: Hinds will play the local landowner who counsels Daniel Radcliffe as he investigates this Victorian mystery. Radcliffe and Hinds have just worked together on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Hinds playing Prof Dumbledore’s brother. McTeer will play Hinds’ on-screen wife, Mrs Daily. Based on the modern classic novel, The Woman In Black has been adapted by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), and will be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake). Shooting begins September 23. Exclusive Media Group – parent company of producer Hammer Films – is co-financing with Canadian
The Canada-based distributor will co-finance Hammer’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic ghost story but update it in 3D. Alliance will also release the film in the UK (Momentum), Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance). Hammer’s sales arm, Exclusive Film Distribution, is handling worldwide sales here at Cannes. Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) is adapting the screenplay and the director is James Watkins (Eden Lake). Production is expected to begin this autumn. Surely if there’s one film that doesn’t need to be made in 3D it’s The Woman In Black. The story is strong enough not to need the 3D gimmick. The stage play is still running in London after 20 years without any special effects. Unless you count an empty rocking chair moving by itself. Believe me, that’s really terrifying.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Susanne Bier’s ‘A Second Chance’ Adds Three; Fox Sports 2 Coming To Italy; More
Three Added To Cast Of Susanne Bier’s ‘A Second Chance’
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie and Ulrich Thomsen have joined the cast of Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film, which focuses on how far decent human beings are willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust. Shooting is underway in Denmark. Lie Kaas stars in the current No. 1 film at the Danish box office, The Keeper Of Lost Causes. He’s next up in Child 44. Thomsen, from Cinemax’s Banshee, has previously worked with Bier in Brothers and A Better World. Swedish-Norwegian actress Maria Bonnevie’s recently starred in Belle Du Seigneur with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Marianne Faithful. TrustNordisk kicked off international sales on the Danish-language A Second Chance during the AFM.
UDPATE, 2 AM WRITETHRU: With the British film and TV industry in the throes of a capacity crisis, it’s a good — if frustrating — time to be in the studio facilities business. The Pinewood Shepperton group today announced consolidated results for the six months ended September 30th with £36.6M ($59.1M) in revenues compared to £27.1M ($43.8M) in the same period last year. After-tax profit was $5.5M, up from $3.2M in 2012. The Pinewood studio is currently host to Kenneth Branagh’s lavish Cinderella, Hammer sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, and just had Ridley Scott’s Exodus on the lot which has now gone on location. Lucasfilm has also hung its shingle with the new Star Wars installment gearing up to shoot in 2014. Johnny Depp-starrer Alice In Wonderland 2 is expected to turn up, and Bond will be back with No. 24 next year. Over at nearby Shepperton, Marvel has wrapped Into The Woods and has The Avengers 2 on deck. But I hear its Ant Man had to forgo shooting in the UK due to the lack of space.
A new version of The Abominable Snowman is getting underway courtesy of British horror label Hammer and producer Ben Holden (The Quiet Ones, The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death). The screenplay, by Pusher scribe Matthew Read and Angel Of Death‘s Jon Croker, puts a contemporary twist on the 1957 original which hails from Hammer’s own archives. That film starred Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing and Maureen Connell and followed a British scientist who joins an American expedition in the Himalayas as they search for the legendary yeti. The new film will be a modern take on the yeti myth and see an expedition’s illegal ascent up a formidable, unclimbed peak which accidentally awakens an ancient creature. Depending on when this film goes, it could tie into the current zeitgeist for Himalayan climbing projects that includes two studio-backed Everest movies and Fox’s Everest event series. Hammer has had a resurgence in the past few years with films like 2010′s Let Me In and 2012′s The Woman In Black. Its 2014 slate includes the Jared Harris-starrer The Quiet Ones and Woman In Black sequel, Angel Of Death. Abominable Snowman falls in line with the label’s plans to reimagine its own source material for new audiences.
Global Showbiz Briefs: UK’s Independent Talent Inks Tom Prior; Under The Milky Way To Distribute ‘What’s In A Name?’; More
Independent Talent Signs English Actor Tom Prior
Rising English star Tom Prior has signed with UK agency Independent Talent. The 22-year-old actor, who recently had starring roles in the National Youth Theatre’s West End season, also is signed with Firefly for management. Prior is shooting Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service and also has boarded James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking pic The Theory Of Everything from Working Title.
‘What’s In A Name?’ Coming To U.S. Via Under The Milky Way
New York-based Under the Milky Way has set a December 13 theatrical and digital release in the U.S. for the hit French comedy What’s In A Name? The film from writer-directors Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, based on their play Le Prénom, stars Patrick Bruel as a slick real estate agent about to become a father. At a meeting with family and childhood friends he announces the name of his future son, but the scandalous moniker ignites a discussion that brings the group’s past bubbling to the surface. What’s In A Name? was a local smash, selling more tickets in France last year than The Avengers.
EOne Sets UK Release Date For ‘The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death’
EOne has set a UK release date for horror film The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the follow-up to Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman In Black. …
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is in final talks to acquire U.S. rights to The F Word, the Michael Dowse-directed romantic comedy that has been one of the buzz acquisition titles here at Toronto. They were negotiating all night and are still working on final details, but I’m hearing the deal will approach $2.5 million minimum guarantee. The film premiered Saturday at the Ryerson. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star as a star-crossed couple. They meet by chance at a party and feel chemistry, but he is recovering from a failed relationship and she has a serious boyfriend (Rafe Spall). So they attempt to confront the challenge of merely being friends. The F Word is one of two acquisition titles that star Radcliffe as he creates distance from his Harry Potter childhood days. Also up for grabs here in Toronto is Horns.
The Weinstein Company has hired Jamie Schwartz to be president of international marketing. The hire was made by TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser. Schwartz will head international marketing for TWC releases from their UK offices. As VP Marketing at Momentum Pictures, Schwartz spearheaded campaigns for The King’s Speech, The Woman In Black, Limitless, The Fighter, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Shame and Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters. Before that he worked at the UK ad agency AMV BBDO. “I’m thrilled to be joining TWC and excited at the opportunity to work with Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser across their diverse range of films,” Schwartz said. “I have always been an admirer of their innovative marketing and am looking forward to working with the talented team there.” Weinstein said Schwartz “has incredible experience in marketing smart, high-quality pictures and is a perfect fit for the company.”
Cynthia Kim previously was VP International Sales and Distribution at Exclusive Media and is joining Blumhouse International just in time for the Toronto Film Festival, where she and founder-CEO Jason Blum will be selling Visions, the company’s latest micro-budget effort a la The Purge and the upcoming Joe Carnahan action comedy Stretch. Kim has been named SVP International Sales and Distribution and will oversee sales in Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Latin America, Australia and Canada. Remaining territories are handled by IM Global via a servicing deal; BHI handles sales of films outside Blumhouse’s first-look deal with Universal. At Exclusive, Kim oversaw territory sales for titles like End Of Watch, The Woman In Black, The Ides Of March and upcoming films Rush and A Walk Among The Tombstones. Before that she worked at Paramount Vantage and on the finance side at Sony Pictures. Blumhouse International launched at Cannes this year where it sold Stretch to Universal. The studio has set a March 21, 2014 release date for it with Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker starring.
UK films brought in $5.3B at the global box office, according to findings published today in the British Film Institute‘s annual Statistical Yearbook. The figure reps a 15% share of the world market and is the third-highest on record. The performance on British movies was led by James Bond pic Skyfall, the No. 1 film of all time in the UK at £103M loocally and $1.1B worldwide. Total UK box office was £1.1B. Admissions, however, were up only a half a percentage point, hampered by distractions that included the Queen’s Jubilee, the Summer Olympics and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.
On the audience front, people 45 and over made up 36% of moviegoers. The now dominant demographic reflects a trend towards films made for and marketed to older audiences. Top among those titles last year were Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Anna Karenina. Younger audiences declined with the 15-24 age group decreasing from 31% in 2011 to 25% of the total in 2012. Marigold Hotel also led indie exports, taking $135M internationally, followed by The Woman In Black with $128M. Total UK film exports were worth £1.7B.
CBS Films has overhauled under Terry Press and Wolfgang Hammer who were named co-presidents about a year ago. At the time, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves said, “They both possess the ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ attitude for making, acquiring and marketing quality films for a division that is small in size, but laser-focused on assembling a mix of home-grown productions and acquisitions across a diverse range of genres.” Demonstrating its mettle here in Cannes, the company has the very high-profile Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis in Competition. It acquired the film in February after a screening on the Sony lot attracted lots of interest and created a competitive situation. CBS spent close to $4M to seal the deal. The movie will be a big part of CBS’ presence in Cannes, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t looking to buy. It’s releasing about four to six pictures a year and has the flexibility to work across any genre. Although it has never acquired a foreign language film, it’s not out of the question, I’m told. Previous pick-ups include Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, horror hit The Woman In Black and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths.
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