Chiller 'Woman in Black' to be directed by rising Brit

LONDON — Exclusive Media Group’s production arm Hammer Films has acquired the feature film rights to Susan Hill’s bestselling chiller “The Woman in Black.”

Up-and-coming Brit helmer James Watkins (“Eden Lake”) is attached to direct the pic, which has been adapted for the screen by Jane Goldman (“Kick-Ass,” “Stardust”).

Hammer Films will co-produce with Talisman Films.

Story revolves around a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote village to take care of a deceased client’s papers. The young man glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black during his stay, leading to the uncovering of a tragic secret.

Hammer Films’ Simon Oakes and Talisman Films’ Richard Jackson will produce, with Hammer’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East exec producing. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison will also serve as exec producers.

Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution.

Exclusive acquired U.S. distrib-production company Newmarket Films last November to add to its stable, which includes Spitfire Pictures and Hammer.

The company has in its pipeline the vampire pic “Let Me In,” the Matt Reeves-directed remake of Swedish pic “Let the Right One In,” and the Peter Weir-helmed “The Way Back,” starring Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess.

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