This week in remake news, FW Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosferatu is getting an update, courtesy of The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers.
Deadline reports that this latest version of the tale, which was also remade by Werner Herzog back in 1979 with Klaus Kinski and Isabelle Adjani, 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.”
Eggers’ horror film The Witch was a big smash at Sundance, ensuring that the filmmaker has become hot property. He’s also got The Knight, a “medieval film” (yay, details!) in development.
Given that there are already a couple of takes on Nosferatu out there (including the brilliant Shadow Of The Vampire, with Willem Dafoe a perfect Max Schreck), we’re not necessarily opposed to another filmmaker taking a crack at it, especially if they’ve got an interesting approach. Word on The Witch is that it’s powerfully atmospheric, which suggests that Eggers could be a good fit…Hmm. We’ll be keeping an eye on this.
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