The reactivated Hammer Films will get into the 3-D arena with an upcoming horror film called The Woman in Black, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake), the movie follows a lawyer who begins seeing an eerie woman dressed all in black around a recently deceased client's house while he's there to settle the client's affairs.
Sounds spooky already, but executive producer Guy East told the Reporter that "the recent decision to shoot the film in 3-D will create a genuinely immersive experience for the audience." Filming the movie with 3-D cameras instead of converting it in post-production is likely to make the visual experience much higher quality, if more expensive to produce (you hear that, Clash of the Titans?).
Scheduled to go into production this fall, The Woman in Black is based on a 1983 novel by Susan Hill which has already been adapted previously in the U.K. as a 1987 stage play (which is still running) and a 1989 TV movie for the ITV network. The script for the new film is being written by Jane Goldman, who co-adapted Kick-Ass with director Matthew Vaughn and is currently working with Vaughn on the screenplay for X-Men: First Class.
Hammer, of course, is the legendary British studio that was famous in the '50s, '60s and '70s for its classic series of movies based around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and other monsters, mostly starring horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The studio was also home to a number of very cool sci-fi flicks, such as the Quatermass series, One Million Years B.C. and These Are the Damned. The Quatermass movies were, in a way, a more Earthbound predecessor to Doctor Who, while One Million Years B.C. featured Raquel Welch in a furry bikini.
The studio went under in the early '80s, but several comebacks have been attempted. The latest, with the backing of a Dutch conglomerate and $100 million in funding, has actually managed to get movies into production under the Hammer banner for the first time in more than 30 years. Among those are Let Me In, the English-language remake of the brilliant Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, and The Resident, a thriller starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and, in a nice touch, Christopher Lee.