Deadline is reporting that the classic 1922 silent horror, Nosferatu, is due for yet another remake. However, before you go spitting venom at the idea of yet another rehash of a classic, the director of the new version is Robert Eggers.
Who, you might very well ask? Eggers is the director responsible for the Sundance breakout horror The Witch. The period horror won all sorts of critical acclaim, with viewers calling the film terrifying, and one of the best horror films in years.
So popular was the film at Sundance, that a second showing had to be put on, and the film sold to A24 for a reported $1.5 million. Eggers won the directing prize at the festival.
Eggers is now set to write and direct an as yet untitled remake of Nosferatu for Studio 8.
Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has set up an untitled film that is a remake of Nosferatu. This will be a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film masterpiece that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen. Jay Van Hoy & Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor will produce, and this underscores Robinov’s determination to work with up-and-coming filmmakers as well as established ones.
Jon Silk brought the Nosferatu project into Studio 8, and the company spent the past few months tying down the rights. Robinov got $1 billion in capital for Studio 8 to generate up to six films per year that will be distributed by Sony Pictures.
The Witch is set in 1630 New England and follows parents William and Katherine who lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The film is said to be ultra scary, very authentic and quite brilliant.
Written and directed by Robert Eggers, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie.
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.