The Woman in Black, despite being kinda lame, managed to rake in a bundle of cash for Hammer Studios, so yes, of course we're getting a sequel. We probably weren't expecting this though: the original novelist, Susan Hill, is teaming up with the 2012 scarefest's story editor, Jon Croker, to continue the eponymous villain's story 40 years after the events of the previous film. Presumably, Daniel Radcliffe won't be as involved this time, partly because of the shift in chronology and partly because, well… did you see the film?
Deadline reports that the sequel is underway, although neither the cast nor director has been assigned yet. The Woman in Black: Angels of Death (which sounds like a straight-to-video title to us, like someone wrote a script called "Angels of Death" and a producer just decided to make it a sequel at the last minute, but we digress) will tell the story of a new couple moving into the Eel Marsh house, where we imagine everything goes just swimmingly. No problems at all. Except the exact opposite.
Although it's possible, we suppose, that Daniel Radcliffe could find some way to shoehorn in a cameo (they even tried to write a part for Bill Murray in Ghostbusters 3 as a ghost, allegedly), it seems that Hammer is banking on the actual quality of the first film bringing audiences into the theater, as opposed to the presence of post-Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe. Was he really instrumental to the first film's success, or are we completely crazy, and the film actually kicked ass in some way? We'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the matter.
CraveOnline will be back with more The Woman in Black: Angels of Death news after we pitch our threequel, The Woman in Black: Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows.