I’m just kidding about the Harry Potter business, but I have to say something, seeing’s how he’s been doing nothing but waving a wand around for a decade. In any case, Hammer Films, who most recently put out that amazing film Wake Wood, is putting the finishing touches on the film adaptation to an old Victorian horror novel of the same name. The Woman in Black is about a lawyer named Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who goes out to a village to settle some legal affairs of a deceased woman, Alice Drablow. A dubious ghost is out for vengeance after being unable to save her drowning child, and she soon sets her sights on Arthur’s son for retribution. Will Arthur save both his child and Woman in Black’s soul, or is all lost?
It’s worth noting that this film was already made in 1989 as a televised movie and though I haven’t seen it, it probably didn’t do justice to the source material (in terms of SCARINESS). Susan Hill originally wrote the novel in 1983, but it seems that she doesn’t have any involvent with the film’s script, or any part of the film for that matter, except maybe cashing that movie-rights check.
Set to hit in Febuary 2012, this is one Victorian ghost story that I am looking forward to.