Back in 2008, the legendary horror film studio known as Hammer experienced a sudden resurrection. While the revamped company has yet to approach the lofty heights attained by its original namesake, Hammer 2.0 has indeed released a few memorable movies in the years since its revival, perhaps the most well regarded being the 2012 Daniel Radcliffe fronted haunted house flick The Woman in Black.
The Woman in Black served as a second adaptation of the Susan Hill novel of the same name, which was previously adapted for British television in 1989. The new Woman in Black was extremely profitable at the box office, earning nearly $130 million worldwide on a meager budget of only $15 million. Critics were also pretty kind to the film, bestowing upon it a 66% freshness rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The sequel, alternately titled The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, was announced not long after the release of the first film, and finished production fairly recently. Entertainment One will handle U.K. distribution, while Deadline reports that Relativity Media (who also handled the domestic release of the first film) has just closed a seven-figure deal to land U.S. distribution rights.
The Woman in Black 2 takes place roughly 40 years after its predecessor, and is set in World War II era London. Bombing campaigns force a young schoolteacher and her child charges to evacuate their school, and seek refuge in a secluded old house. Unfortunately for them, it happens to be the house in which the titular specter resides. As you might have ascertained by the time-jumped nature of the plot, no original cast members are set to return.
The Woman in Black 2 (Angels of Death) is scheduled to be released in early 2015.