David Farr (The Night Manager) has been tapped to script Quatermass for Legendary Entertainment and partner Hammer which promises to be a new take on the iconic British sci-fi hero. The film will be produced by Hammer’s Simon Oakes and follow the story of Bernard Quatermass, which was 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 and seen as a precursor to Dr. 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, TV series, radio programs and print media over five decades, most notably in 1967 when Hammer Film Productions’ Quatermass and the Pit was made.
Jon Silk and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee production for Legendary.
Farr’s credits not only include the critically acclaimed TV series The Night Manager, but also the film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright, which is now being turned into an eight-part television series for Amazon Studios.
Oakes, CEO and Chairman of Hammer, produced The Woman in Black, directed by James Watkins and starring Daniel Radcliffe as well as 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.
Farr is represented in the U.S. by UTA and in the UK by Curtis Brown Group.