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Who Was Offered Hammer’s ‘Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter’?

Empire caught up with Hammer CEO Simon Oakes and producer Ben Holden to talk about their newly announced remake of the 1957 The Abominable Snowman.

Hiding within the interview, talk of the Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter remake came up, where Oakes reveals that they offered the film to one Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List, A Field in England), an alleged die-hard fan of the 1974 classic!

I’ve offered it to Ben Wheatley!” Oakes revealed. “I’ve told him Kronos is his whenever he wants it. You can put that in print! That might get him off his arse! [laughs] I’m a huge fan of Ben’s. I told him, ‘Whenever you want Kronos, it’s yours, mate. Just get back to me.’ And he never got back to me! So we’ll shame him in print into doing it now!

While they attempt to lure a director, they continue to try and find a way to develop the property. “The thing about Kronos is that it’s one of those things where we need to find a way in,” Oakes explains. “Brian Clemens wrote the first one saying he wanted to bring a modern take to the idea of the vampire hunter, and yet Kronos still wears tights! But the ambition and imagination at work in that film were what people responded to. People at Comic-Con always ask if we’re doing a new one, and I always say, ‘Yeah, we’re doing Kronos!’ and the blogosphere goes wild. So if we can find the right writer to reimagine it then that’s what we’ll do.



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