Daniel Radcliffe did a superb job in James Watkins’ adaptation of Susan Hills novel, The Woman in Black. When news was revealed a few months ago that Hammer were planning a sequel to the film, fans were eager to find out whether Radcliffe would be returning. With the film set some fifty years after the events of the first, Radliffe’s return was not looking too promising.
However, rumblings have been happening, and it appears there just might be plans for Radliffe to return, although it would be in a very small role. Hammer’s CEO Simon Oakes attended a special screening of the film recently to mark the films DVD & Bluray release, and when quizzed about the sequel afterwards he had this to say:
“With a bit of luck, The Woman in Black is sort of like the brand… we won’t count our chickens, but absolutely. Plans are afoot,” said Oaks, adding that the next film will be “completely different. Obviously with a different story and cast.” Oakes also hinted at a possible return for Radcliffe, although the role would be small.
There is no news yet on who will direct, however the same production team will work in the film, and screenwirter Jon Croker (Desert Dancer) is already working on the script. The synopsis for the sequel goes like this:
Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh Harsh has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to The Woman in Black.
By Matt Wavish