Hammer hit a home run with 2012’ s The Woman In Black, which established the resurgent company as a force to be reckoned with. Speaking with Simon Oakes, the man who calls the shots, it is clear there is no looking back.
“I think it is our responsibility to do the right thing with this brand and not just repeat the past,” he begins. “That has been a little controversial because there are still some people wishing we could do new Dracula and Frankenstein films. But I tell them, ‘ that was then and this is now.’ There is a contemporary Hammer version of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy waiting to be made – but the question is how we find our way into that.”
While some of the studio’s old favourites will not, therefore, be reappearing anytime soon, Oakes does admit that he has dug into the Hammer library for a couple of forthcoming frighteners…
“We are doing a new Abominable Snowman movie,” he reveals. “But this is a totally new version that is designed to thrill a modern audience. And we are also developing Quatermass for the BBC. Nigel Kneale’s vision of a dystopian world is, I think, still powerful today. The original show was a metaphorical tale about the Cold War, so we are working on how to make Kneale’s unique blend of science fiction and science fact relevant to our own troubled times.”
The man with the Hammer.