It seems just yesterday the groundbreaking art-house historical horror epic THE WITCH scored global critical acclaim while landing on many horror fans’ Top 10 lists for 2016… but this recent news is likely to stir up even more controversy among genre audiences and film historians alike.
Justin Kroll of Variety just announced award-winning director Robert Eggers and major genre player Anya Taylor-Joy (also of this year’s Blumhouse smash SPLIT) are in negotiations with Studio 8, regarding a planned remake of one of the first classics in the history of horror cinema: F.W. Murnau’s 1922 expressionist masterpiece NOSFERATU.
The magazine has not revealed many further details as of this writing, but confirms that Eggers will write and direct the new take on Murnau’s original story (which itself was adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel DRACULA, leading to a legal clash with Stoker’s family).
The film was remade once before in 1979, by legendary director Werner Herzog (that version is in itself considered a modern classic and one of my personal favorites), and Murnau’s production was also the subject of revisionist biopic SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE from director E. Elias Merhige.
Taylor-Joy is currently in negotiations to take on one of the main roles — possibly that of Lucy, wife of real-estate agent Jonathan Harker and the obsession of vampiric Count Orlok.
Look for more news as this story unfolds…