British horror institution Hammer today announced that a sequel is in development to their 2012 smash hit The Woman in Black, entitled Angels of Death, which will continue the original film’s story 40 years into the future. James Watkins’ first film (in what now looks to have become a series) recently broke box office records as the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, grossing over $33 million (over £20 million) in the UK and recently crossing the $120 million box office mark worldwide, so a sequel makes a lot of sense financially.
Jane Goldman doesn’t seem to be attached to the horror sequel, with screenwriter Jon Croker now developing the screenplay for the next instalment in the series, based on an original story by Susan Hill herself. The Woman in Black: Angels of Death will apparently continue this story four decades later and focus on the concept of a couple and the experience they have when they encounter the haunted setting of Eel Marsh House.
Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer Films, has since stated: “We are proud and honoured to be working with Susan again on The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor The Woman in Black.”
Early reports suggest that a first draft Angels of Death has already been compiled, with the smart money on a speedy shoot and release (2013/2014) in order to capitalise on the original film’s success. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe looks unlikely to return, but expect two or three big name actors when more details are announced.