Movie Quatermass


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Not new news, but I only ran across it today...

‘Quatermass’ Movie In Works From Legendary, Hammer & ‘Night Manager’ Scribe David Farr

by Patrick Hipes

January 30, 2019 4:28pm


Legendary Entertainment said it haas partnered with Hammer Films for Quatermass, a film based on the British mid-20th-century sci-fi hero Bernard Quatermass.

David Farr, who penned the script for The Night Manager and the sci-fi pic Hanna, is adapting. Hammer’s Simon Oakes (The Woman in Black, The Lodge) is producing. Jon Silk and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee production for Legendary.


The character Professor Bernard Quatermass is a rocket scientist originally created by writer Nigel Kneale, As a pioneering force of the British space program, he encounters terrifying extra-terrestrial lifeforms and must draw from science to save humanity. He appeared in a 1950s BBC series and in three Hammer Film movies in the mid-’50s and -’60s including the 1967 pic Quatermass and the Pit (known as Five Million Years to Earth in the U.S.). Andrew Keir played the lead role.

Farr, who also wrote and produced the eight-episode Season 1 of Amazon’s Hanna thriller series based on his 2011 film that starred Saoirse Ronan, is repped in the U.S. by UTA and in the UK by Curtis Brown Group.
For those don't know, this was what spurred Doctor Who into life. It was something like X-Files or Fringe for its time but serialized like Flash Gordon. I never caught the original serials, but saw the recast Hammer film adaptions as a kid which were plenty creepy by themselves. They actually erred above as Andrew Keir was only the lead in the last color film, but American b-movie actor Brian Donlevy played him in the first two films. I remember Donlevy always playing the role in near panic.

I hope they don't screw this up, but what annoys me is that this is happening and no Doctor Who film is in the works. I remain stunned.