Legendary Entertainment has partnered with Hammer for a new take on the iconic British sci-fi hero Bernard Quatermass for film audiences worldwide. The feature film, Quatermass, will be written by David Farr and produced by Hammer’s Simon Oakes. Jon Silk and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee production for Legendary.
Farr’s credits include the TV series The Night Manager, as well as the film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright, which he is turning into an eight-part television series for Amazon Studios.
Oakes is best known for producing The Woman in Black, directed by James Watkins and starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit McPhee. His most recent feature, The Lodge, directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, and starring Riley Keough, premiered last weekend at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. He is the CEO and Chairman of Hammer.
Made popular by the successful BBC 1950s series, and a trio of films from Hammer Film Productions from the mid-50s to the mid-60s, the Quatermass character is often pointed out as a precursor to Doctor Who. Professor Bernard Quatermass is a fictional rocket scientist originally created by writer Nigel Kneale who, as a pioneering force of the British space program, encounters terrifying extra-terrestrial lifeforms and must draw from science to save humanity.
Heralded as Britain’s first television hero alongside Sherlock Holmes, Quatermass’ monumental influence spanned films, television serials, radio programs and print media over a fifty-year period. Hammer Film Productions’ Quatermass and the Pit is perhaps the best-known iteration of the character; the 1967 British science-fiction horror classic is renowned for its methodical pacing, haunting atmosphere, bold ideas and complex themes dealing with race, religion and ideology.