Now this is the best news I’ve heard from AFM all day! Andrew has reported in that Hammer Films, which is having a pretty amazing resurgence already what with The Resident and Let Me In in post-production and currently filming, respectively, is about to tackle one of the best ghost stories ever written, The Woman in Black. And that’s not all — it’s going to be in 3D!
Jane Goldman, who is best known for co-writing the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, will be penning the script based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel about a menacing spectre that haunts a small English town. It has had numerous stage adaptations and was turned into a British TV movie in 1989 by Nigel Kneale, creator of the Quatermass science-fiction serials, but this will be its first theatrical version.
The question looms as to how well the tale will take to a 3D treatment, but if anyone can do it justice, Hammer’s probably a good bet. For an idea of what we’re in for, watch the following clip in which solicitor Arthur Kidd encounters The Woman in Black in the marshes of Eel Marsh House after being sent by his superiors to attend to the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, an elderly widow who lived alone in seclusion at the home. Is she not the spookiest thing you’ve ever seen?
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