Hammer Films returns to revamp horror classics
Friday 06 August 1993
The film company, believed to be long-dead after receivers put a stake through its heart, has signed a four-year deal with Warner Brothers to remake many of the films which scared audiences during its heyday in the 1960s.
Roy Skeggs, who bought Hammer Films from the receiver eight years ago, signed the deal with Warner Brothers to revamp the old titles and make new Hammer pictures.
The first will be the science fiction thriller The Quatermass Experiment, expected to get under way early next year at a cost of up to dollars 40m (pounds 27m). Shooting will take place in Los Angeles and London.
'We are scripting five films at the moment, which Warner Brothers will bankroll, but there are also plans for a mini-series and a 44-episode TV series,' said Mr Skeggs, who first joined Hammer 30 years ago and rose to become a production supervisor on Frankenstein films.
'This could be incredibly good news for the British film industry and might give a big break to some young actors as well.'
He said there were plans to update The Devil Rides Out and the Stolen Face and produce a new film, Hideous Whispers, to be directed by Richard Donner, director of such films as Superman and The Omen.
Mr Skeggs said there were no immediate plans to revive Hammer's Dracula. Frankenstein will also remain on the shelf as Mr Skeggs feels too many other film-makers are already tackling the two.
'We are making a new film called Vlad The Impaler, who inspired the Dracula story, which will be shot in Romania next year,' he said.
A Warners Brothers spokesman said the agreement was with Hammer and Donner/ Schuler-Donner Productions and gave Warner exclusive rights to the Hammer library and new material developed by the company.
The Elstree-based company made more than 200 films for television and the cinema before it withdrew from film production in the 1970s. The films included classics such as The Mummy, Curse of Dracula, Frankenstein and Plague of the Zombies.
The company became synonymous with horror films although it made other films, and won the Queen's Award to Industry. The company collapsed in 1980 when its last film, The Lady Vanishes, performed disastrously.
The company made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
It continued making television programmes and the Hammer House of Horror series enjoyed a revival in the 1980s.
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Man who was struck and killed by lightning in Brecon Beacons 'was carrying a selfie stick'
Greece debt crisis as it happened: EU chiefs at loggerheads hours before Alexis Tsipras’s last ditch deal proposals
Florida teacher sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing three pupils
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...
£16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...