Ham­mer Time

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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.

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