After terrifying audiences with one of the most unsettling horror movies of the year, The Witch director Robert Eggers has confirmed that his next project will be a remake of a horror classic. Last year Deadline reported that he was being lined up to write and direct a new version of Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the time, he was also working on a medieval film called The Knight, and then in February it was reported that his next project would be a Rasputin mini-series. In a recent appearance on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, however, he has since revealed that the Nosferatu remake will actually be his next movie after all. Here’s what he had to say about the project:
“[It’s shocking] to me… It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
“Nosferatu has a very close, magical connection for me. Though if I were to make the movie 17-year-old Rob was going to make of Nosferatu it would have been something between like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sin City, whereas this is going to be the same approach as The Witch, where 1830s Biedermeier Baltic Germany needs to be articulated in a way that seems real.”
Eggers credits Nosferatu as being the film that made him realize he wanted to be a director. Obviously he won’t be the first filmmaker to remake it since Werner Herzog already did a version back in 1979 starring his long-time collaborator Klaus Kinski, but it could be very interesting to see his historical approach to The Witch being applied to the vampire mythology. The currently untitled project is set up at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and it will be produced by The Witch producers Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen (Beginners, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints). Are you excited to see Robert Eggers’ take on Nosferatu?