With their cinematic rebirth now well under way Hammer Films has set its sights on conquering a new medium with the announcement of their team up with Titan Comics. As confirmed at yesterday’s comic retailers conference ComicsPro, the legendary British studio will allow Titan access to their back catalogue to create a new line of comics based on such famous properties as Horror of Dracula, Quartermass & the Pit and Curse of the Werewolf.
The history of Hammer Films is as storied as some of their legendary franchises. After becoming the byword for horror in the fifties and sixties the company suffered a spectacular fall from grace in the nineties before eventually becoming bankrupt. But after they were purchased by a Dutch consortium in 2007 the studio has risen from the ashes, and their recent output includes the adaptation of the classic Woman in Black and the Jared Harris-led ghost story The Quiet Ones.
Titan editor David Leach stated that, “Hammer is the home of some of the most groundbreaking horror and genre films in motion picture history. Together, we’re going to make some terrifyingly good comics.” Titan have previous form in adapting on screen properties for the comic book market, having been responsible for series based on the likes of Doctor Who and Assassin’s Creed.
The announcement stated that the series would be coming later this year. Coming hot on the heels of the announcements around the proposed Universal Monster cinematic universe it seems that fans of classic horror have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
(Original story from THR)