I haven’t yet seen the much-acclaimed The Witch, but our own David Smith gave it a 5 stars out of 5 and said that it was the film to beat this year! Writer/director Robert Eggers, after having taken ages to be able to bring The Witch to our screens, now seems to be in demand. He’s directing medieval actioner The Knight and, unfortunately, a remake of the silent classic Nosferatu, which was already remade perfectly well in 1979 so we don’t need a third version! Anyway, Fangoria informs us that he’s also re-teaming with The Witch production team Parts & Labor and Media Rights Capital, the film investment company behind the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, to write and direct 6-to-8 episodes telling the story of one of my favourite historical figures, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, the sex-crazed and almost unkillable monk and mystical faith healer who wormed his way into the court of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, and played a major part in their downfall.
His name quickly become synonymous with power, debauchery and lust, and the character has been played several times over the years, most notably by Tom Baker for the BBC and Christopher Lee for Hammer Films, though I feel that a defintive account of his story has yet to be made. It sounds like Eggers is well suited for period fare of a somewhat horrific nature, so maybe this could be the Rasputin production that the character deserves….