Hammer Plans “Gaslight,” “Quiet Ones”

With solid reviews and opening weekend box-office for its just opened film adaptation of Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black”, the newly reinvigorated Hammer Films have announced two more projects it has in the works.

First up the company has acquired the rights to newcomer Ian Fried’s Black List-making atmospheric thriller script “Gaslight”.

The film posits the idea that Jack the Ripper was secretly apprehended by the authorities and imprisoned in a London insane asylum. It’s there where he’s called upon to help Scotland Yard solve a series of grisly murders where all the victims died from dual puncture wounds to the neck.

Hammer is also moving into production on the ‘inspired by true events’ story “The Quiet Ones” which John Pogue (“Quarantine 2”) is directing.

The story follows an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist by pushing them all to the edge of sanity.

Shooting kicks off in May in South Africa.