Robert Eggers’ The Witch was one of the best horror films in recent memory and featured a superb break-out performance from Anya Taylor-Joy, so we’re very excited to hear that they will be working together again.
Eggers is looking to cast Taylor-Joy in his remake of the classic horror Nosferatu, according to Variety. The filmmaker has been attached to write and direct the film since 2015, and the site claims that he’s been waiting for his The Witch star to find room in her schedule after M Night Shyamalan’s Split became massive success. She’s currently working on Josh Boone’s The New Mutants, and she’ll be back for Glass, the sequel to Split.
So, who’s going to be donning the teeth and fingernails as Count Orlock? We’ll have to wait and see.
FW Murnau’s Nosferatu was released in 1922 and was a sneaky way of getting around the copyright for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, although not sneaky enough to avoid being sued by the Stoker estate and nearly having every copy of the film destroyed. Werner Herzog remade the film in 1979 with Klaus Kinski in the title role and Isabelle Adjani as the leading lady. We’d also recommend watching F Elias Merhige’s wonderful Shadow Of The Vampire, a black comedy about the making of Nosferatu, but with the twist that Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) is actually a vampire and is eating his way through the cast and crew.
Eggers is also working on a medieval knight epic called The Knight, and last year it was reported that he was developing a TV series about Rasputin. He had previously stated that Nosferatu wouldn’t be his next project, but in November last year he told Indiewire that “[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.”
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