With a hit on its hands – The Woman in Black – Hammer Films, an Exclusive Media company, has acquired the rights to Gaslight, an original script by newcomer Ian Fried.
The screenplay landed on Hollywoods Blacklist of the best unproduced scripts in 2011 and is an atmospheric thriller in the vein of From Hell meets The Silence of the Lambs. Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share the iconic death brand: dual puncture wounds to the neck.
Ian Fried is currently writing an original supernatural action project called Spectral for Legendary Pictures. His previous script, The Ever After Murders, featuring fairy tale characters investigating murder scenes, also landed on Hollywoods Black List in 2010.
It’s good to see Hammer getting some confidence. The Woman in Black the highest opening ever for a Hammer film in the US and one of the very few British films that has broken the $20m opening weekend threshold.