The Woman in Black – James Watkins to direct

Hammer Films have lined up Eden Lake director James Watkins to helm an adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black.

The story centres on a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, who goes to a small British market town in order to settle the estate of Mrs Alice Drablow, an elderly widow who lived alone in the desolate and secluded Eel Marsh House. Whilst resident in this house he experiences terrifying noises and ghostly spectres, forcing him to come to terms with the terrible secret of the Drablow family.

Stardust and Kick-Ass scribe, and wife of Jonathan Ross, Jane Goldman is attached on scripting duties for what is sure to be a downright scary, scary movie. The made for TV adaptation by ITV in 1989 still gives me a chill.