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Tom Harper to direct second film in The Woman in Black series

Daniel Radcliffe in James Watkins' The Woman in Black, which grossed $130 million worldwide.

The second film in The Woman in Black franchise - The Woman in Black: Angel of Death - will be directed by Tom Harper, known for his work on The Scouting Book for Boys, Hammer Films announced today.

Released in February this year, The Woman in Black – which starred Daniel Radcliffe and was directed by James Watkins - became the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, grossing over $35 million in the UK and over $130 worldwide.

The second film takes place four decades after the first. Seized by the government during World War II, the sudden arrival of a group of evacuated children at Eel Marsh House awakens the titular woman.

The second film will be brought to the big screen by the same production team behind The Woman In Black, although Screenwriter Jon Croker – know for his work on Desert Dancer - has replaced Jane Goldman as writer of the screenplay, which is based on an original story by The Woman in Black novelist Susan Hill.

The film will be produced by Exclusive Media, Talisman, Cross Creek Pictures and Alliance Films. Alliance Films will co-finance the film, and will once again distribute in the UK via Momentum Pictures.

President of Hammer Films Simon Oakes said: “We are assembling a terrific team to bring The Woman in Black: Angel of Death to the big screen and Tom is a great addition to that family.  His unique visual approach and storytelling style perfectly compliments the smart, sophisticated horror movies that Hammer is championing.”

Managing Director of UK distributor Momentum Pictures Xavier Marchand said: “We know audiences in the UK and across the world love being terrified by The Woman in Black so we’re excited to be partners in bringing them the next episode of Susan Hill’s haunting story, under Tom’s expert direction.”

Director Tom Harper said: “I am thrilled to be a part of The Woman in Black:  Angel of Death.  This will be a great opportunity for me to collaborate with a brilliantly talented team on the next installment in this exciting series.”

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