James Watkins helms Hammer's gothic thriller

Daniel Radcliffe will star in Hammer Films’ gothic horror thriller “The Woman in Black,” based on Susan Hill’s book.

The pic, helmed by “Eden Lake’s” James Watkins and adapted by “Kick-Ass” scribe Jane Goldman, sees the “Harry Potter” thesp play young lawyer Arthur Kipps, who travels to a remote pocket of Blighty to tend to a deceased client’s papers. Kipps soon begins to uncover the terrible secrets of the house and village.

Alliance Films will co-finance the thriller with Hammer’s parent company, Exclusive Media Group, while Exclusive Films Intl. is handling worldwide sales.

Alliance will distribute “Woman” in the U.K. through Momentum Pictures, Aurum will distrib in Spain and Alliance Films will handle Canada.

The pic is produced by Simon Oakes for Hammer and Richard Jackson at Talisman Films.

Exclusive’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East will serve as executive producers along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee.

Production is expected to begin in the fall.

At Cannes this year, Hammer announced it would produce the pic in 3D but plans for this have been put on hold.

Hammer Films has been making an effort to carve its mark in the indie film biz to revamp the venerable British horror label.

The shingle, which has access to an equity fund of more than $100 million from Dutch-based Cyrte investments, has Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” and Hilary Swank starrer “The Resident” on its slate.

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