“The Witch” and “The Lighthouse” Director Robert Eggers is finally bringing his longtime passion project, “Nosferatu” , to the silver screen with a new cast.
Focus Features will tackle a new take of the original 1922 silent film and Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake.
The new rendition of “Nosferatu” has been in development since at least 2017, when Anya Taylor-Joy and movie lover Harry Styles were briefly attached to the starring roles. Written and directed by Eggers, the Gothic story will be produced by Jeff Robinov, John Graham, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus, and Eggers.
But Deadline reports that both had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. Pennywise the Clown actor from “It” series, Bill Skarsgård is set to play an iconic vampire with signature teeth, long fingers Alongside Skarsgård, Lily-Rose Depp (The King) is also in talks to join the film as haunted young woman in 19th-century Germany who has an ancient bloodthirsty stalker.
The original Nosferatu first scared audiences during its initial release in 1922 as an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. However, copies of the film were quickly destroyed after a lawsuit from Stoker’s widow. Despite attempts to suppress the film, “Nosferatu “remains one of the most iconic and influential horror films and still receives critical acclaim due to its striking visuals and terrifying imagery.
Eggers is fresh off the release of “The Northman,” his retelling of the Amleth legend, the source material for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Critics loved Eggers’ Viking saga, but it polarized audiences. As a result, the film made less than $70 million at the global box office.
There’s been no word yet on when the movie will release, but we expect that it’ll be on an appropriately spooky date. Whether the new rendition of the character will appear the same as he did in the original film remains unknown.