With The Woman in Black now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download, many are experiencing the mildly successful horror film for the time with Daniel Radcliffe in his first post-Potter role. The success of the first film has led to Hammer Films already greenlighting a sequel, with the horror follow-up to be on the fast track for release possibly by 2014. However, one of the biggest questions remains whether or not Radcliffe could appear in the second film. Well, it seems like the head of Hammer Films has an answer to that already, and it may have fans eagerly anticipating official word.
Bleeding Cool (via STYD) reports that at a UK film screening, Hammer Films’ Simon Oakes was at the screening. Reportedly, “there was also some teasing that Daniel Radcliffe could make an appearance in the second film. It would be a small role, by the sound of things. Plainly put, Oakes wouldn’t deny it, went as far as saying Radcliffe ‘might’ appear.”
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, because honestly the only reason the first film did so well is due to Radcliffe’s involvement. After a loyal fanbase, the fans continued to follow their leading man to another project in order to back the first film of his future career, though that’s not to say fans wouldn’t do the same had another big star been in the leading role. To bring Radcliffe back aboard would not only please fans who may think of a sequel as unnecessary, but perhaps leave them open to the set of new characters the sequel will introduce.
The only obstacle at this point will be whether or not Radcliffe would want to show up for a sequel, and if so how his character would return (though judging by the end of the movie, many may easily guess one possibility).
Written by original story editor Jon Croker, the synopsis for the sequel reads:
Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh Harsh has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.
The Woman in Black was adapted from the Susan Hill novel of the same name. The adaptation proved to be a success for Hammer and it’s no surprise the sequel is in the works so quickly. The same production team from the previous film will be serving as producers on this one, while no director has been announced yet.