Horror fans, it’s time for a Hammer comeback.

The newly reestablished Hammer Studios has announced a new project, Doctor Jekyll. It will be the first film released by the studio, which recently reformed thanks to a deal with UK label Network Distributing.

The modern interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde stars Eddie Izzard in the lead role. Izzard will play Dr. Nina Jekyll, working together with newly hired help Rob (Scott Chambers) to prevent Hyde from destroying her life.

The screenplay comes from first time writer Dan Kelly-Mulhern. Joe Stephenson will direct.

Hammer Studios managing director, Tim Beddows, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Joe and his superlative cast and crew on ‘Doctor Jekyll.’ There can be few subjects more apt to launch Hammer Studios and the production has everything you’d expect of a modern Hammer film.”

Hammer Studios produces Doctor Jekyll in association with Fluidity Films. Stephenson produces alongside Guy de Beaujeu and Liam Coutts. Christian Angermayer (Army of Thieves) also serves as executive producer.

“It’s an honor to partner this way with the new Hammer Studios, in doing so Doctor Jekyll becomes both part of a legendary legacy and the start of an exciting future for U.K. genre filmmaking,” said Stephenson.

Hammer Films produced iconic early horror films like 1958’s Dracula. The studio also manages a vast library that includes the likes of The Woman in Black (2012) and Let Me In (2010).

Izzard most recently appeared in Peacock’s Dan Brown series, The Lost Symbol and Netflix’s Stay Close.

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Source: Variety

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