The legendary British genre company Hammer Films is being revived by award-winning theater producer John Gore
Back in 2021, it was announced that the legendary British horror label Hammer Films was teaming up with the UK’s Network Distributing to form a new company called Hammer Studios Ltd., which would “invest substantially both in restoration and new production development from both its owned and newly created IP”. Sadly, Network Distributing’s managing director Tim Beddows passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59 in 2022 and the company was liquidated. But now Hammer is getting another chance. Variety reports that Hammer Films has been acquired by John Gore, a 20-time Tony, Emmy and Olivier-winning entertainment producer who is known for his live theater company the John Gore Organization. Gore will now lead a new team at Hammer as chair and CEO.
According to Variety, Under Gore’s management, the plan is to invest significantly in Hammer Films to breathe new life into the studio, blending the nostalgic charm of Hammer with modern cinematic style and innovation, while preserving its heritage and library. A new slate of films and projects will be unveiled imminently. The first film of the new incarnation of the studio to be released is B Good Picture Company’s Doctor Jekyll, starring Eddie Izzard and Scott Chambers and directed by Joe Stephenson. It is due for a theatrical release later this year.
Gore provided the following statement: “Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve been enchanted by the magic of Hammer Films. Its stories, its characters and its unique place in British heritage and cinema have been a source of inspiration and wonder. Today, as I stand at the helm of this iconic studio, my commitment is twofold: to celebrate and preserve the unmatched legacy of Hammer and to usher in a new era of storytelling that captivates audiences worldwide. With significant investment and a fresh creative vision, we will ensure that the spirit of Hammer not only endures but thrives in the modern age.”
While John Gore works to revive Hammer Films, another legendary British genre company, Amicus Productions, is being revived by Hex Studios. It’s very cool to see Hammer and Amicus both making a comeback at the same time.
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