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.
Set to start shooting next month, The Quiet Ones is the latest Hammer film to go into production after Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman In Black scored a hit for the revived studio earlier this year. Mad Men‘s Jared Harris stars as a professor who leads his students off the grid for a dangerous experiment. Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Sam Claflin has now joined the supernatural thriller/horror pic. The Quiet Ones will be directed by Quarantine 2‘s John Pogue. Senna‘s James Gay-Rees is producing in association with TPSC Films. The story and original screenplay are by Tom DeVille with tweaks by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and Pogue. TPSC Film’s Steven Chester Prince is also producing. Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, will launch sales next week in Cannes.
Jared Harris, who’ll next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, will star as an unorthodox professor in the latest production from the UK’s Hammer. Supernatural thriller/horror pic The Quiet Ones will be directed by Quarantine 2‘s John Pogue. Harris will play a charismatic but controversial professor whose methods lead his students off the grid for a dangerous experiment to create a poltergeist. The story and original screenplay hail from Tom DeVille with revisions by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and Pogue. Shooting starts in the UK in June. James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) is producing in association with TPSC Films. Tobin Armbrust, president of worldwide production & acquisitions at Hammer parent Exclusive Media, is overseeing production alongside director of development, Shira Rockowitz. TPSC Film’s president Steven Chester Prince is also producer on the project for the newly formed independent film division of The Traveling Picture Show Company. Exclusive Media is handling international sales on The Quiet Ones.
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.