Hammer greenlights ‘Woman in Black’ follow up

U.K. shingle reteams with author Susan Hill

Following the U.K. and worldwide box office success of “The Woman in Black,” Hammer Films is reteaming with author Susan Hill for a follow-up dubbed “The Woman in Black: Angels of Death.”

Jon Croker, story editor for the first “Woman” and “The Iron Lady,” is penning the script, which he is developing from Hill’s original idea that continues the story of “The Woman in Black” 40 years later.

The Daniel Radcliffe starrer has clocked up more than £21 million ($33.3 million) in Blighty (making it the highest grossing Brit horror pic in the past 20 years) and $120 million worldwide, so a sequel will hardly come as a surprise.

The next installment, which has been in development for the past few years, follows a couple and the experience they have when they encounter the haunted Eel Marsh House.

Original pic, helmed by James Watkins, was set in the early 1900s and based on a tale of a young lawyer who travels to a remote corner of the U.K. to sort out the papers of a recently deceased client and eventually encounters the vengeful ghost of the Woman in Black.

“Angels of Death” will reunite the same production team behind the first installment: Hammer parent company Exclusive Media, Talisman Films, Alliance Films and Cross Creek Pictures will produce, while Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee will exec produce.

Hammer has been part of Exclusive Media since 2008, and the outfit has been reinvigorating the iconic Brit horror brand recently with the release of pics such as “Let Me In” and “The Resident.”

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