Woman in Black sequel gains director
Having a writer assigned to the Woman in Black sequel, the wonderfully titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death and a script produced it wasn't long before we were going to hear about a director on the film and it is good to hear that it's going to be a British director, however keeping in tone with the project so far it isn't a big director. Everything about this project says that it isn't going to be seeing a cinematic release.
The director has a good career in television and has a couple of television films to his name, the recent being The Borrowers, and does have one feature in the form of The Scouting Book for Boys to his name. Along with the first time writer, the repetitive plot and the title I don't see this hitting international cinemas, perhaps not even UK cinemas.
We already heard the plot for The Woman in Black: Angels of Death which does sound like it is set up to repeat similar ground as the first but this time with a group of characters rather than one, here's a reminder.
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 latest news on the plot reveals that there is a change to the story that doesn't sound as strong as the first plot we'd heard. Now the house is used for evacuated children during the war and no longer appears to be filled with disturbed soldiers something that I thought might provide an interesting aspect to the story. With it changed to children, and presumably those who look after them, I wonder if it will be a stronger story.
Of course I could be overly harsh in what I'm saying and perhaps the script is cleverly covering new ground, and the new talent involved will bring something new and exciting that attracts much more attention, I really do hope that is the case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the director is going to be Tom Harper who has directed television series such as Misfits and This is England '86 as well as the television film The Borrowers and the feature The Scouting Book for Boys, so it isn't as if he hasn't had the experience or lacks the talent to produce something worthwhile of a cinematic release.
The real question will be if the script has anything new to offer or if it has already all been said in The Woman in Black.