With their recent adaptation of “The Woman in Black” proving both well-received and a box-office hit, Hammer Films last week to announce two further film projects it has going into production.
More exciting though is a recent interview that HeyUGuys conducted with Hammer president Simon Oakes in which he revealed plans to revive not just the company’s iconic take on classic monsters, but reviving a cornerstone of early British sci-fi serials.
Asked about whether the revived company would be up for remaking any classic titles from their back catalogue such as the Christopher Lee Dracula films, Oakes says “Certainly rebooting them, not remaking them. I think Hammer should make a contemporary Dracula and I think if we can find a route in, which we’re looking at right now, then the answer is yes. The thing is that most of the films are remarkable as such, they’re caught in a time capsule of their own but we should do a contemporary Dracula, we should do our version of a Frankenstein film. We’ve done a vampire film [“Let Me In”], we’ve done a haunted house film [“The Woman in Black”], we’re looking at a monster movie right now as Hammer did The Abominable Snowman and The Reptile, so we are looking at them. But more rebooting than remaking.”
Hammer was also famous for sci-fi films, notably the feature film remakes of The BBC’s three acclaimed adult-targeted ‘Quatermass’ serials from the 50’s which inspired efforts in the genre for the next few decades from “Doctor Who” and “The X-Files” to “Sapphire and Steel” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
Oakes revealed that “We are developing Quatermass at the moment. Completely contemporary, but rooted in his character. If you look at the BBC’s Sherlock it’s got enough DNA there, so you could bring him forward and say that this is what Bernard Quatermass would be like today. So he’d still be gruff, an outside, contrary, fighting authority but what would he be doing today? He wouldn’t be doing the Rocket Group because the world has moved on since the 1950s. we’re going to be announcing something about that soon.”