Warner strikes Hammer deal

Warner Bros. has confirmed an agreement with U.K.-based Hammer Film Prods. and Donner/Shuler-Donner to develop film and television projects based upon titles in the Hammer film library (Daily Variety, July 23).

Founded in 1948, Hammer is responsible for more than 200 movies and telefilms and has become synonymous with horror and fantasy efforts.

It is most famous for a string of Frankenstein and Dracula features in the 1960s that starred Christopher Leeand Peter Cushing.

Though it’s understood that no titles have been earmarked for adaptation, the initial efforts may be aimed at a series in the style of HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt.” That series is executive produced by Richard Donner.

Largely inactive in the feature field in recent years, Hammer had been in talks with various producers and companies about a joint venture prior to concluding the deal. Roy Skeggs, who joined the company in 1963, acquired Hammer in 1985.

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