November 21, 2013 2:03am PT by Stuart Kemp
'The Abominable Snowman' Set to Return to Big Screen
LONDON – U.K. genre banner Hammer Films, a division of Exclusive Media, plans to bring an updated version of 1957 iconic horror movie The Abominable Snowman to the big screen.
Billed as a modern take on the Yeti myth, the update sees a scientific expedition’s illegal ascent of the peak of one of the world’s most formidable mountains accidentally awakening an ancient creature.
The original screenplay by Matthew Read (Pusher, Hammer of the Gods) and Jon Croker (The Woman In Black: Angel of Death) updates the 1957 film from Hammer’s classic library.
The update is being developed by Hammer in association with producer Ben Holden, whose resume boasts The Quiet Ones and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, both with Exclusive.
The project marks a continuation of Hammer’s ongoing aim to maintain a heritage of producing enduring British horror films, which are original, current and relevant for modern audiences.
It follows The Woman in Black, which starred Daniel Radcliffe and became the most successful British horror film of all time at the box office.
Hammer president & CEO and Exclusive Media vice chairman Simon Oakes said: "The success of Let Me In and The Woman In Black has shown that there is an appetite for quality horror films, so it is exciting to draw on Hammer’s unparalleled source material in this genre, which can be re-imagined and updated for a new audience."
Holden is currently working with Hammer on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is in production in the U.K. now.
Still in the early stages of planning, there is no director, start date or cast attached for Snowman.