British director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) is heading back to proper horror after dabbling with sci-fi (Doomsday) and history (Centurion) with a new Dracula themed horror called ‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter. While the news that a good, proper and no doubt very serious Dracula movie is on the way is good enough, even better is that Viggo Mortensen has been approached to play the lead.
Now, it is not yet known whether Mortensen is being hunted to play the role of Dracula or not, but he showed way back in 1995 in The Prophecy (above) that he was well suited to playing horror icons, playing The Devil himself. With the film being in the works for nearly ten years, it was originally due to be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night) with Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace attached to star. While there are still rumours that Kinglsey will indeed star in the film, it is not known whether Rapace is still involved.
Kinglsey was set to play the Captain of the ship called The Demeter, and the film is set to take place onbaord the ship, kind of like Alien in a way. The story will focus on a small part of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, and while we have seen many films based around Stoker’s work, this (I believe) will be the first film to focus solely on the doomed voyage of The Demeter. The Russian ship is on a voyage from Transylvania to England (this part of the story was briefly shown in Francis Ford Coppola’s version) and onboard the ship is Dracula himself, who begins to feast on the crew members. The latest script has been written by Lowell Cauffiel.
More as it develops.
(Source: Bloody Disgusting)
By Matt Wavish